behavior change

By Jonah Comstock 08:04 am July 2, 2014
Wheaties might be the only cereal where the box is more famous than the food inside. Since the 1930s, the front of the "breakfast of champions" box has been dedicated to a sports star of the day, including the likes of Lou Gehrig, Michael Jordan, and Tiger Woods. Now mobile health is finding its way onto the cover of the box -- or at least, helping determine its fate. General Mills, which makes...
By Jonah Comstock 09:26 am May 28, 2014
A new randomized control trial of Text4Baby in military families returned mixed results -- women who engaged in the intervention were more aware and knowledgable about healthy pregnancy strategies, but, at least during the four-week study period, this was not reflected by any significant change in behavior. Study author Douglas Evans thinks a follow-up study to be published later this year will...
By Aditi Pai 05:30 am March 26, 2014
MomentStrong offers people who want to quit smoking, lose weight or fix another health-related behavior a way to remind themselves to stay strong during those moments they are usually weakest. The app, which is only available through employee wellness programs, uses geofencing technologies to send helpful message to the user when they are in a specific place that user has previously designated as...
By Jonah Comstock 04:34 am November 14, 2013
Nearly half of adults in the UK who self-track with mobile devices say they've experienced "strong behavior change", according to a survey by the Trajectory Group, sponsored by Fitbit. The data comes from the Fitbit Healthy Futures Report, a study on the role mobile devices play in health and wellness in the United Kingdom commissioned by Fitbit UK. Trajectory surveyed 1,005 people between the...
By Neil Versel 03:19 am July 25, 2013
OneHealth Solutions, a company that largely has focused on employer groups, is for the first time applying its mobile and Web platform for patient behavior change to primary care, courtesy of a partnership with Boston Medical Center. The safety-net hospital, an affiliate of Boston University School of Medicine, is adopting the OneHealth system, originally to treat substance abuse, depression and...
By Jonah Comstock 01:07 pm April 3, 2013
Mango Health, a Rock Health startup focused on using gamification principles to tackle medication adherence, launched its titular app after months of beta testing, a 16-week pilot, and not a small amount of hype. The company has raised $3 million so far. Medication adherence is considered to be a $290 billion dollar per year problem, and it's one that a number of mobile apps and connected devices...
By Brian Dolan 11:59 am April 1, 2013
A recent survey of almost 800 large and mid-size employers in the US, representing more than 7 million employees, found that a majority offer incentives to employees for agreeing to take health risk questionnaires (HRQ), biometrics screenings, or similar health-related programs. The survey, conducted by global HR firm Aon Hewitt, found that 83 percent of employers offer such incentives. Within...
By Brian Dolan 03:58 am October 11, 2012
For the past few months Weight Watchers has been quietly working with Philips to offer its members a way to track their own activity, which can earn them points that can be swapped for additional food points. Catherine Ulrich, SVP of WeightWatchers.com, took the stage at the Health 2.0 conference here in San Francisco with Philips DirectLife General Manager Gopi Koteeswaran to demo ActiveLink....
By Neil Versel 06:38 am June 11, 2012
When it comes to providing incentives for people to make healthy lifestyle choices, mobile devices to track diet and exercise can help, but the real motivator might be good old, hard cash. Researchers from Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago gave handheld personal digital assistants to 204 adults at risk of developing multiple chronic diseases due to lifestyle and...