The Wellable Blog

Study: Smartphone Apps and Wearables Count Steps With Equal Accuracy

A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) showed that, with the exception of Nike’s Fuelband, pedometers and smartphone apps were generally quite accurate and equally so, by and large.  Since nearly two-thirds ...
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Report: 40M U.S. Smartphone Owners Actively Use Wellness Apps

In Mobile Carriers and Wireless Healthcare Opportunities, Parks Associates reports that more than 40 million U.S. smartphone owners are active users of at least one wellness or fitness app.  “About one in four heads of household in broadband ...
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Senate Hearing Airs Concerns About Wellness Incentives, Misses Mark

In late January, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee organized a hearing in response to employer consternation about the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) moves to take employers to court over wellness ...
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52M Wearables Sold In 2014, 74M To Ship In 2015

New research shows the wearable technology market, which includes devices such as Fitbit and Jawbone UP, grew 32% to 52 million devices sold in 2014.  Additionally, 74 million devices are expected to ship in 2015, a 44% growth rate from 2014.  The ...
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BP’s Wellness Program Produces 2:1 ROI By Asking Employees To Take A ...

A recent article highlights how BP’s wellness program was able to produce a 2:1 ROI for the company.  The hallmark of the program is the Million Step Challenge, which gives employees a Fitbit and challenges them to walk 1,000,000 steps in a year to ...
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What Types Of Consumers Use Smartphones And Wearable Technology To Track ...

The Nielsen Connected Life Report provides insights on the types of consumers that use mobile health apps and wearable technology to track their health.  A few highlights below:
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Wellness Boosts Creativity In The Workplace

The buzz around the efficacy of employer wellness programs often misses the full picture by focusing strictly on medical expenses and ignoring the benefits associated with making companies more competitive.   One of the competitive advantages ...
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Research Reveals Biggest Employee Productivity Killers

New research from Cornerstone OnDemand and Kelton identifies work overload to be biggest hindrance to employee productivity and finds wearable technology and flexible schedules may be the best solutions.  There are a number of key findings in the ...
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Skip The Biometric Screening

In an article from Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, Vice Provost at the University of Pennsylvania, another strong case is made against a staple of corporate wellness programs – annual physicals or biometric screenings.  Despite annual physical exams being ...
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80% Of All Online Adults Now Own A Smartphone, Less Than 10% Use Wearables

According to a GlobalWebIndex survey of 170,000 adult internet users across 32 markets, 80% of online adults own a smartphone while only 9% and 7% report having a smartwatch or smart wristband, respectively.  The proportion of smartphone ownership ...
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