Weekly MaxWellness - 5/9
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.
- Health Datapalooza is all about celebrating open health data, but we wouldn’t know what to do with this massive amount of information if it weren’t for the amazing innovators and developers who’ve worked to make sense of it for us. These five organizations will showcase the promise and potential of health data by demonstrating their apps on the main stage.
- Online shopping giant Amazon wants to get out ahead of the curve with wearable tech – hence the launch of its new Wearable Technology store today. The store is a subsection of its Amazon.com e-commerce portal, with a focus on devices like the Misfit Shine, Jawbone UP24 and Narrative Clip, to name just a few.
- There’s a persistent and controversial question dividing researchers: Can you can be very overweight and also very healthy? The research suggesting people can be healthy at any size was intriguing, and we covered it. But the tide (and the research that supports it) is turning, with many researchers saying it’s simply not possible to be fit and obese.
- Weight Watchers announced today that it has acquired Wello, an app that enables people to attend fitness classes or one-on-one fitness training through any Internet and webcam-enabled device. While Wello’s team and technology will help support Weight Watchers’ core brand and products, Wello’s service will live on independently as well.
- Several prominent wearable devices have hit the market in the past year — Samsung Galaxy Gear, the Pebble Smartwatch, and the Explorer version of Google Glass. But despite the flurry of launches, there is a surprising lack of apps. And without apps, there's little reason to buy wearables.
- By the 21st century, Pentland would be known as one of the most important leaders in wearable technology, having spearheaded or inspired the development of everything from Google Glass to fitness trackers. But it was in that initial, beaver-inspired intuition that the seed for wearable technology as we know it today was firmly planted.
- HumanaVitality, the health insurer’s employee wellness program that uses rewards and social features to encourage healthy behavior change, has released some data based on a two-year study of 16,000 employees.
- Just more than a quarter of the eight million people who signed up for health plans under the Affordable Care Act are in the prized demographic of 18 to 34 years old, falling short of the figure considered ideal to keep down policy prices.