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Precision Health: Individuality is Everything

 Originally published by Jeff Ruby on August 30, 2017 in Employee Benefit Adviser There are a lot of corporate “wellness” programs to choose from these days. All of them come with the promise of helping employees get more engaged and live healthier. Workers are also inundated with information about wellness and weight-loss programs outside of …

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Precision Health for Disease Prevention

We live in an era where the rise in healthcare costs for insurers and employers parallels the rise in chronic disease.  Our reactive medical model sits still, patiently waiting for illness to strike before taking action. As individuals, we are identified as patients by our diseases, not by what makes us truly unique. It is …

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Announcing Our Industry Leading Outcomes: Where We’ve Been, Where We Are, and Where We Are Going

We are on a mission to inspire individuals at risk of developing chronic disease to live healthier everyday. We are thrilled to share our outstanding outcomes from our first commercial year, with key outcomes consistent to those we saw in our Randomized Control trial. We at Newtopia have been on quite the journey… Where we’ve …

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The Breakdown of Human Health: Natural?

We’ve been deceived. In North America, we are conditioned to believe that aging involves a steady decline or “breakdown” in health. There is an expectation that aches and pains are normal, waking up feeling stiff and groggy is typical, and that spare tire that hovers in our midsection is inevitable. People accept that it’s standard …

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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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A Perfect Time to Celebrate Heart Health

For the past 80 years, heart disease has been the leading cause of death in the US. Today, roughly 92 million American adults are living with some form of cardiovascular disease or the after-effects of stroke. Approximately 1 in every 3 deaths lists cardiovascular disease as the underlying cause, and costs to manage those afflicted, …

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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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Workplace Health Programs Modify Behaviors and Lead to Long-Term Weight Loss

Losing five pounds only to quickly regain 10 is a disheartening experience most of us can relate to, and one you’ve likely heard your employees complain about – especially around the holidays. Helping your employees become healthier means helping them make lifestyle changes for the long term. Adopting a workplace health program that promotes behavior …

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