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Let’s Get Physical: May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

It’s never too late to start exercising, so let’s get moving! Results of a new study on the benefits of physical activity in American adults and a summary of the current exercise guidelines. Lack of Physical Activity Costs Lives and Dollars Physical activity is an essential part of staying healthy and maintaining good quality of …

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Newtopia is NOT Your Average “Wellness” Program

What sets us apart? We are a personalized habit change platform for disease prevention targeted towards at-risk individuals Around 82% of large US companies offer health and wellness programs as part of employer-sponsored health coverage, with the assumption that these will yield health and economic benefits. However, a new JAMA study showed that such programs …

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The New Age of Employee Well-Being

Employers are under increasing pressure to keep their employees healthier–to preserve productivity and keep medical costs down. While there are a bewildering number of employee wellness programs and tools out there, we think the most effective place to start is to focus on the ‘chronics’ before they become chronic, by paying particular attention to employees …

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It’s Time for Dietary Intervention in the Workplace

In 2013, the Journal of the American Medical Association published a report identifying the top risk factors related to premature death and years lived with disease. In the 34 countries investigated, poor diet emerged as the greatest contributor to ill health out ranking other factors such as: smoking, high blood pressure, high body mass index, …

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Behavior Change: The Missing Ingredient in Disease Prevention Programs

In 2009, The World Health Organization announced that 63% of all annual deaths are due to noncommunicable diseases1. We often refer to noncommunicable diseases (NCD’s) as “chronic” diseases. They are non-infectious conditions that progress slowly, last a long time and include disorders of the heart and lungs, cancers and diabetes. In 2009, the WHO also …

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Personalized Gaming to Improve Health

Gamification as an engagement tool in the health and wellness industry has become a norm, however, personalization in gamification is truly more motivating for the user, and leads to better weight loss results. Within 15 years, the American Heart Association estimates that costs in the U.S. for cardiovascular disease will triple – approaching $800 billion …

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Why Instant Gratification Isn’t the Right Approach for Disease Prevention

Although a quick fix diet is desired by many, Personalized Health Programs provide long term, healthier solutions that prove to be more sustainable. In the 1960s, Stanford professor Walter Mischel conducted a series of studies investigating instant versus delayed gratification. Now known as the famous marshmallow study, the experiment involved children being left in a …

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