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 declared most NCD’s are...

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Personalized Gaming To Improve Health

Within 15 years, the American Heart Association estimates that costs in the U.S. for cardiovascular disease will triple - approaching $800 billion annually1. Similarly within 10 years, half of all Americans will have type II diabetes or pre-diabetes increasing costs to $500 billion annually2. With both heart disease and type II diabetes being almost entirely preventable, the question isn’t...

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Why Instant Gratification Isn’t The Right Approach For Disease Prevention

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 room by themselves with a choice to either enjoy one reward immediately - a marshmallow, or to wait until the researcher returned, in which case the child...

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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 modification is the first...

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Paying for Quality in Employee Healthcare

Everyone wants good value for their money, and employers are no exception. Yet, in the U.S. we pay more for our healthcare than any other industrialized nation. What are we getting in return? The highest rates of death due to preventable illnesses, like diabetes, stroke and heart disease. As the costs of employee healthcare and the prevalence of chronic...

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Genetic Testing in Disease Prevention Programs

Since the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2004, there has been growing interest in the use of genetic testing for diagnostics, therapeutics and now increasingly for genetic engagement toward a healthy lifestyle. Currently, a few select genes are being examined in some of the most innovative disease prevention programs available to help prevent chronic disease. In the...

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Employers are moving back to fundamentals with workplace health programs that work!

In the past century, medical advancements in the United States have been remarkable. The awareness and understanding of most diseases has excelled with more accurate screening and testing procedures, and pharmaceutical drugs are now available for nearly every condition. Life expectancy is increasing, but at what point did quality of life deteriorate? In 2012 half of all Americans –...

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Prevent Heart Disease With Corporate Health and Wellness

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for one in every four deaths.1 Many Americans are living with medical conditions that raise their risk for heart disease. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly half of all adults in the U.S. have high blood pressure, high cholesterol or...

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Is Disease Prevention a Good Investment in the Workplace?

A good investment is one that creates a positive return – ideally both financially and socially. Workplace health and wellness programs, and disease prevention programs are one such positive investment. They promote healthy employees by making disease prevention a priority. In doing so, they also reduce employee healthcare costs. In the United States, chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart...

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About Newtopia–– Newtopia is leading the way to personalized health through its Enterprise Health Engagement Platform. This Platform is proven to save healthcare costs for employers by inspiring at-risk employees to achieve a healthier lifestyle. Newtopia’s holistic approach delivers hyper-personalized and targeted plans that provide a deep understanding of each participant. This completely new and scientific approach leverages genetic testing, proprietary personalization tools, personality-matched coaching and peer-to-peer social networking to drive participant engagement and promote sustainable behavior changes.

One-Size Fits All Corporate Wellness Programs Don’t Get Results–– There are no shortage of corporate wellness programs to choose from these days. All of them promise to help employees... Read Now »

Aetna realizes significant employee healthcare savings using Newtopia’s personalized disease prevention platform–– Newtopia is thrilled to be sharing the results of a ground breaking study on metabolic syndrome* risk reduction. The results... Read Now »