The Wellable Blog

Apple Prioritizes Digital Well-being In iOS 12

Last month, Google announced a new suite of tools for its latest Android platform to help users better manage their screen time.  The features included enhanced do not disturb functionality and time limits on apps.  On Monday, Apple, at its ...
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Google Launches “Digital Wellbeing” Feature For Android

The advent of smartphones and mobile apps have revolutionized the operations of industries and the daily lives of individuals across the world.  No one disputes the economic and personal gains afforded by these technologies. However, these ...
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Study: “Sham” Meditation App Has Same Effect As Real One

Many employers and individuals support mindful meditation for the numerous health benefits it is believed to yield practitioners, including reducing stress and improving critical thinking.  Since digital and online platforms allow mindful meditation ...
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Study: Do Wearable Devices Help Reduce Sitting Time?

Separate from participating in physical activity, there are numerous harmful effects associated with prolonged sitting (e.g., increased risk of cancer, diabetes, and heart disease).  With individuals, on average, being sedentary for nearly eight ...
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Survey: Health App, Wearable Device Adoption Tripled Since 2014

According to the Accenture 2018 Consumer Survey On Digital Health, “healthcare consumers continue to show strong use of digital technology for self-service care – and the numbers are rising each year.”  The trend may be most evident in the rapid ...
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Facebook Changes Newsfeed To Boost Well-being

Our focus in 2018 is making sure Facebook isn't just fun, but also good for people's well-being and for society. We're doing this by encouraging meaningful connections between people rather than passive consumption of content. Already last quarter, ...
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Study: Most Sleep App Users Healthy, Affluent

Unlike activity and nutrition tracking apps, sleep apps have not become commonplace in employee wellness programs. This is not due to a lack of interest. Rather, employers and health plans are quite interested in addressing this important health ...
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Study: Seasons Have Minimal Impact On Nutrition Apps, Day Of Week Does

If nutrition apps like MyFitnessPal are part of your plans to lose weight this year, a study suggests that focusing on beach season or holiday weight gain won’t be as helpful as thinking about Thursday. It comes with little surprise to wellness ...
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Fitbit Gets Into The Smartwatch App Game

Fitbit announced the first major update to its Fitbit OS software that runs on its flagship Ionic smartwatch. The update brings Fitbit Ionic users access to more than 100 data-rich clock faces and more than 60 apps. Fitbit was nice enough to create ...
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Study: 60% Of Users Stick With Wearable Devices For At Least Six Months

In the most extensive study of its kind to evaluate how sticky wearables can be in wellness programs that focus on step-counting, Dr. Mitesh Patel and his team from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School ...
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