Weekly MaxWellness - 4/18
The absolute latest in wellness, from #wearables to #mhealth.
What you need to know this week in the world of wellness, compiled by our in-house mobile wellness geek extraordinaire, Taylor Pechacek. If you want this automatically delivered to your email address once a week, go ahead and subscribe here.
- In 2013, investors poured $458 million into 49 wearable company deals, according to CB Insights. Year-over-year, deal activity in wearable startups rose 158 percent, while funding grew 80 percent. Companies like Thalmic Labs, InteraXon, Soundhawk, Misfit Wearables, Fitbit, Jawbone and Rest Devices have recently raised significant rounds.
- No cue is unchangeable. Altering the environment in which you live and work, Lowe suggests—shopping for less-energy-dense foods, putting the Doritos out of reach on the top shelf, changing your commute so that you don’t drive by the doughnut shop—can go a long way toward changing the patterns of hunger that have become ingrained in your routine.
- Wearable devices that track your activity levels are increasingly turning up in corporate wellness program, but will Americans stick with the new technology, or are these fitness trackers a fad? A recent study found that one in 10 Americans over the age of 18 now owns a fitness tracker. By 2018, more than 13 million wearable activity-tracking devices will be integrated into employee wellness programs, based on estimates from ABI Research.
- Everything you need to know about what happened the past three months. Among arguably much more important events, Apple hired a whole lot of medical sensor experts for some unknown reason – most suspect for the rumored iWatch. More NBA players started wearing health tracking devices. The Google Flu Trends debacle got some scholarly attention. Disney helped launch a tooth brushing app for kids. Facebook bought a virtual reality company for $2 billion that it might use for remote doctor visits someday. And a company called HealBe said it had developed a device to passively track caloric intake.
- RunKeeper is one of the most popular run-tracking apps for the iPhone, and today it's launching a new app called Breeze to take count of how much you're walking around too. The app works only on the iPhone 5S and is based around its M7 motion processor, which is always collecting your steps in the background. Using that, it's able to display exactly how far you've walked that day as soon as you open it up.
- Almost one-third of US smartphone owners, which is about 46 million unique people, used apps from the fitness and health category in January 2014. The number of smartphone users that accessed fitness apps in January 2014 jumped 18 percent year over year.