Biggest Loser Shows Weight Loss Challenges Don’t Work


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Although it is not the intent of the piece, a recent New York Times article highlights the problem with corporate weight loss challenges.  The article, which is certainly worth reading in its entirety, reviews research about what happens to the contestants of the “The Biggest Loser” after the show ends.  In short, most of the… Read more »

Survey: 20% Of Households Own An Activity Tracker


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According to a new research report released by the Consumer Technology Association, the wearable activity tracking device market is one of the fastest growing tech categories.  Specifically, 20% of U.S. households now own an activity tracking wearable device, which reflects nearly twice as many households relative to last year.  The report also suggested that 15%… Read more »

Student Debt Impacts All Employees, Generations


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The student debt crisis is often seen as a problem impacting millennials, but this misconception underestimates the far reaching impact it has on all employees.  Although higher percentages of millennials have student debt (42%), many Gen X (26%) and baby boomers (11%) are still not student debt free.  Also, outstanding student loans are affecting baby… Read more »

Q4 Wearable Shipments: Fitbit (30%) Gains Over Apple (15%) And Xiaomi (10%)


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According to a new report from IDC, market share in wearable device shipments for Q4 2015 saw fairly significant shifts relative to previous quarters.  Samsung broke into the top five while Fitbit furthered its lead over Apple and Xiaomi.  Total shipment volume for the quarter came to 27.4 million units, up 126.9% from the 12.1 million… Read more »

Study: Little Evidence Supporting Standing Desks


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If you walk into the office of a company focused on employee health, you will probably see at least one standing desk, and it may be a makeshift one.  The Wellable office even has a shared standing desk that sees regular use. Numerous studies show that too much sitting increases heart failure and disability risk… Read more »

Survey: Usability Trumps Trustworthiness For Health Website Preferences


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Results from the Sixth Annual Makovsky/Kelton “Pulse of Online Search” survey validates the importance of usability in health content.  “Consumers continue to leverage online search as a major source for health information and guidance – but despite clear opinions on the trustworthiness of different sources, ease-of-use appears more important than trust when it comes to… Read more »

Study: Text Messaging Yields Significant Weight Loss In Prediabetes


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New research published in Diabetes Care shows that text messaging support may be conducive to clinically significant weight loss for patients with prediabetes.  The study, which evaluated 163 adult patients from Sam Sandos Westside Family Health Center of the Denver Health integrated health care system, found that mean weight reduction was 0.6 pounds in the… Read more »

Gartner: 274M Wearable Devices To Be Sold In 2016


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Technology research firm Gartner is forecasting that 274.6 million wearable electronic devices will be sold worldwide in 2016, an increase of 18.4% from 232.0 million units in 2015.  Sales of wearable devices will generate revenue of $28.7 billion in 2016.  Smartwatches are predicted to comprise $11.5 billion of the total wearable device spend.  The total… Read more »

Another Study Shows BMI, Biometric Screenings Lack Efficacy


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Another study can be added to the growing body of research that shows that employers are doing more harm than good by implementing biometric screenings as part of employee wellness programs.  To be published in the International Journal of Obesity, the study sought to examine the efficacy of using body mass index (BMI), a common… Read more »

Premium Reductions Don’t Help Employee Weight Loss


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A new study from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania shows that financial incentives do not encourage obese employees to lose weight.  Although many employers provide financial incentives in the form of premium differentials for weight loss, this research and others like it show that these programs are largely ineffective.  It… Read more »