The Wellable Blog

Texting Turns 22 And Remains King

On December 3, 1992, the first ever short message service (SMS), or text message, was sent, making this nearly ubiquitous service 22 years old.  A short “merry christmas” was sent, and little did people know that quadrillions of text messages later, ...
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Survey: Millennials Don’t Care About Traditional Healthcare

In 2015, Millennials will comprise the majority of the workforce and will eventually remake the workplace in their own image.  As it pertains to health, this generation cares less about their medical care but still expects their employer to play an ...
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Behavioral Economics, Please Meet Employer Wellness

A recent article in the Harvard Business Review challenges the conventional wisdom that wellness programs can rely on education and financial incentives to encourage employees to be good stewards of their health.  The article points out that ...
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Study: 19M Fitness Wearables In Use Today, To Triple By 2018

According to a new report from Juniper Research, about 19 million wearable fitness devices are currently in use worldwide, and that number is expected to more than triple to 70 million by 2018.  Juniper predicts that market will continue to be ...
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Budget Friendly Holiday Wellness Tips

It’s the “most wonderful time of the year” – winter holiday season.  With Thanksgiving and the holidays just around the corner, there is no shortage of unhealthy foods and stress-inducing travel and shopping.  Some employers launch extensive ...
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Obesity Costs U.S. $8 Billion Per Year In Lost Productivity

A recent study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine associated obesity with significant increases in absenteeism among American workers that costs the nation over $8 billion per year in lost productivity.  From ...
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The Employee Engagement Epidemic

Employee engagement matters.  Being happy at work matters.  Research “increasingly points to a simple fact: Happy people are better workers. Those who are engaged with their jobs and colleagues work harder – and smarter.”
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34% Of U.S. Adults Have Downloaded A Health App

“Gallup research shows that about two-thirds (65%) of American adults have a smartphone. About half of these smartphone users – or 34% of all adults – have downloaded at least one app that is meant to support healthy living, and 19% of all adults ...
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More Trackers, More Problems (For Employers)

Two weeks ago, we blogged about Fitbit’s three new activity trackers and what that means for corporate wellness programs.  In the competitive world of wearable devices, we shouldn’t be surprised about the recent product releases from Jawbone, Basis, ...
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Study Validates Efficacy Of Health And Wellness Text Messaging Programs

A joint study between the University of Kansas School of Medicine and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed “adults almost quadrupled their exercise levels after receiving daily motivational texts.”  After six weeks in the ...
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