incentaHEALTH, Which Pays People To Get and Stay Healthy, Teams With Fitbit For Wireless Wellness Monitoring
DENVER, Feb. 18, 2013 – incentaHEALTH (www.incentahealth.com), a cloud-based health technology company dedicated to using technology to help Americans battle obesity by rewarding them with cash, has integrated the popular Fitbit tracking system into the incentaHEALTH wellness engine.
Through Fitbit’s application development program, incentaHEALTH now offers Fitbit Trackers to participants in its kiosk-based wellness program, which is used by companies and communities across the country to help people stay healthy and productive and to stem the exploding costs of health care.
By integrating the full suite of Fitbit smart activity trackers directly into the incentaHEALTH system, program participants can now wirelessly measure steps taken, distance walked, calories burned, floors climbed and even the quality of their sleep. The Fitbit (www.fitbit.com) partnership marks the first time that incentaHEALTH will integrate data from a partner directly into its wellness dashboard.
According to Todd McGuire, co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of incentaHEALTH, “We conducted an extensive comparison of the latest crop of smart pedometers and activity trackers and found the Fitbit solution to be the best one on the market today. You can set it and forget it. Within seconds, all the Fitbit data is collected wirelessly, sent to our datacenter, and synced with each participant’s online wellness dashboard.”
“For years we have been rewarding individuals with cash incentives for achieving a healthy weight. We are excited to extend the incentaHEALTH wellness incentive platform to now include the Fitbit solutions so we can offer the same cash rewards for measureable improvements in physical activity,” said McGuire. “For example, if you walk an average of 5,000 steps per day in a three month period you could earn a $25 incentive. Walk 10,000 steps on average, and your incentive could increase to $50.”
He also said one of the first incentaHEALTH customers to enroll in the Fitbit tracking system is the Osage Nation, the Native American community located in Pawhuska, Okla. Using kiosks conveniently located in the workplace, employees can privately track their progress on the HEALTHspot ® kiosk. Participants also have access to daily e-mail and text message coaching, communication with a personal trainer, nutrition and exercise podcasts for their mobile phones, and biggest loser team weight loss challenges every three months.
In a recent independent study to assess the overall health issues facing the Osage Nation, researchers found that smoking, overeating (which leads to obesity) and depression were major reasons for lower-than-average health conditions of community members. The study encouraged employers to implement health incentive programs which recognize employees for healthy living choices.
Employees in the Osage Nation will be using the new Fitbit Zip activity tracker which not only tracks steps, distance and calories burned, but also allows users to set goals, view progress, earn badges, and log food intake and weight. It is small, discreet, and easily clips on a pocket, belt or bra.
Working with incentaHEALTH to support the Osage Nation is The Holmes Organisation, a risk management consulting firm in Tulsa, Okla. Eric Moon, Holmes’ health coach, said many activity trackers have been tried in conjunction with their wellness programming but “the Fitbit has proven to be one of the best.”
“They are sleek, durable, reliable and have strong appeal to both men and women,” Moon added. “It is interesting how people actually show off their Fitbit rather than conceal it. The device is a giant step forward in activity tracking, and the sync capability Fitbit provides completes the incentaHEALTH suite of services and makes it a ‘must’.”
incentaHEALTH is a cloud-based health care technology company with headquarters in Denver, Colorado. As a leader in measurable wellness programs, incentaHEALTH’s system is designed to help organizations and communities reduce their health care costs by offering incentives to individuals for improving their health. incentaHEALTH helps people manage their weight through the use of interactive email and text message coaching, weigh-ins on private kiosks in corporate and community locations, and cash rewards for sustained weight loss success. The patented HEALTHspot® kiosk takes full-length digital photos and keeps an electronic record of each participant’s weight, blood pressure and body mass index (BMI). Participants also have access to health coaches who provide live support whenever it’s needed. Organizations throughout the U.S., the U.K., Puerto Rico and Singapore have implemented this health care solution for their employees and have reported significant success. More information is available at www.incentahealth.com.
Fitbit, with headquarters in San Francisco, is dedicated to helping people lead healthier, more active lives. We take a common sense approach to fitness, and believe that the key is to make it easier for consumers to be more active, eat smarter, and get enough sleep — in short, that small changes to your daily routine can add up to big results. To that end, we aim to create innovative, inspiring products and online services that harness the power of new technologies to make people more aware of their everyday activities and motivate them to do more. More information is available at www.fitbit.com.