Want a more active lifestyle and better health? Next time you see an elevator, consider the stairs and wear a fitness tracker.
People of all ages are increasingly making health-conscious choices and wearable tech gadgets are playing a big role. One popular wearable is the fitness tracker, like the FitBit, that can track your health information, such as the food you choose to eat and your physical activity (or lack thereof). These devices are so popular that private firms as well as government agencies want them to promote a healthy workforce.
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Simply put, “It’s very cost effective,” a spokeswoman at Delta General Agency Corp. told the Houston Chronicle in November 2015. Rewards for activity are nickels and dimes compared to a possible 20% jump in health insurance costs. For instance, private company Revenew International, an auditing firm, rewards its employees with extra days off, cash prizes, or opportunities to work from home.
With the increased awareness of health risks, the low costs of many wearable trackers, the desire to be more active and healthier, and a growing interest in the ‘quantified self,’ it’s no wonder many workers are using gadgets to track their physical activities at home and at work.James A. Martin, CIO Magazine
In the public sector, the sentiment is the same: HumanaVitality, an app-based wellness and awards program is available to Indiana state employees, and their covered dependents, who enroll in a medical plan offered through the State Personnel Department. They can download a free smartphone app and earn “Vitality Points” for daily steps, burning calories, and raising heart rates during exercise. These points can be cashed in for awards.
In the coming years, employers in both the private and public sectors will increasingly invest technology-based wellness programs that have the potential to pay out greater dividends in the long-term.