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.

A wearables startup playbook

  • 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.

Why we eat and why we gain weight

  • 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.

Fitness trackers deliver results, raise doubts

  • 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.

In-Depth: State of the industry Digital Health Q1 2014

RunKeeper's new Breeze app tracks every step you take

Nielsen: 46 million people used fitness apps in January

  • 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.