Survey: 74% of Online American Adults Likely To Purchase Health And Fitness Technology


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According to a survey by the Consumer Technology Association (formerly the Consumer Electronics Association), 74% of online American adults are likely to purchase health and fitness technology in the next 12 months.  Of this group, one in three (35%) plan to buy a smartwatch, which leads the category over fitness apps (30%) and wearable fitness… Read more »

Study: Age, Gender Impact Employee Benefit Preference


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New research from MassMutual found that preferences for healthcare insurance, retirement savings, vacation, and other benefits for U.S. employees largely hinge upon workers’ generation and gender, complicating benefit choices for employers with diverse workforces.  Overall, 47% of American workers age 18 and older prefer more vacation time, and 44% prefer better 401(k) matches.  However, notable… Read more »

Q3 Wearable Shipments: Fitbit (22%), Apple (19%), And Xiaomi (17%) Lead Pack


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According to a new report from IDC, market share in wearable device shipments for Q3 2015 remained largely unchanged with the top four (Fitbit, Apple, Xiaomi, and Garmin) holding on to their leadership positions.  Total shipment volume for the quarter came to 21.2 million units, up 197.6% from the 7.1 million units shipped in Q3 2014. … Read more »

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 »