Survey: Mixed Results For Corporate Wellness Programs


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A new survey from Towers Watson highlights the importance companies are putting on employee wellness as well as the struggles they are having trying to deliver successful programs.  The Staying@Work Survey “found that a large majority (84%) of U.S. employers identify health and productivity improvement as essential or moderately important to their health strategies.  Additionally,… Read more »

Does Activity Tracking Lead To More Activity?


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Wearables and mobile apps are becoming increasingly popular in the employee wellness space.  This may be most evident by Target’s decision to purchase Fitbits for its 335,000 employees.  However, we must not mistake popularity with effectiveness so it is important to ask whether or not activity tracking will lead to individuals being more physically active. … Read more »

Study: Weight Loss App Ineffective


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Last week, Duke University published a study in the journal Obesity that shows neither a specially designed mobile app nor a coaching intervention that utilized a mobile app was any more effective in promoting weight loss than the control intervention (a handful of fliers from a doctor visit).  The study was particularly interesting compared to other weight… Read more »

Survey: Health Apps Gain Traction, Engagement Remains Challenge


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A new online national survey of Americans’ health app usage shows mixed results as it relates to consumer adoption of new health and wellness technologies.  Published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research mHealth and uHealth and analyzed by researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center, the survey shows that 65% of respondents indicated that apps improved their… Read more »

Health Risk Assessments May Benefit Elderly


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Many critics of certain wellness programs, including us, have been very vocal about the lack of efficacy of health risk assessments (HRAs) and biometric screenings.  In the interest of being fair and covering both sides, we felt compelled to share research that shows positive outcomes from biometric screenings.  Before you rejoice, it is important to… Read more »

Study: Aetna Gets Wellness ROI Through Genetic Testing


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According to an article published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Aetna saved more than $650,000 in the first year of an employee wellness program that incorporated information obtained through genetic testing.  The health insurer used the genetic information to individualize interventions for 445 employees at high risk of developing metabolic syndrome.  This is an… Read more »

17% Of Consumers Use Mobile Health Apps, 12% Wearables


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A new survey commissioned by Rock Health provides a great deal of insight on the state of the consumer health and wellness market, including information on adoption and drivers of growth.  There is lots of great information in the report.  Below is a summary of a few highlights that are relevant to those of us… Read more »

Who Are The 15% Of Americans That Don’t Use The Internet?


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For many of us, it is easy to think that everyone has access to and uses the internet.  Unfortunately, this is not the case.  Thankfully, a Pew Research Center survey helps identify which demographic variables, including age, educational attainment, household income, race and ethnicity, and community type, are associated with a lack of internet use…. Read more »

Coaching + Activity Tracker = 86% Motivated To Be Active


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Cigna recently released the results from a March 2014 controlled trial designed to study the impact health coaching and activity tracking can have on health.  According to the randomized control trial of patients who were pre-diabetic and morbidly obese, 86% of people who received health coaching and tracked their health with a device were motivated… Read more »

Study: Happy Employees Are 12% More Productive


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New research from the University of Warwick suggests that happiness makes employees more productive at work.  12% more productive to be exact, and unhappy employees proved to be 10% less productive.  The research team of economists put it best, “We find that human happiness has large and positive causal effects on productivity. Positive emotions appear… Read more »