Mobile Health Applications Linked to Specific Well-Being Outcomes
November 6, 2014 in News
The researchers found that about 19% of U.S. adults have downloaded and regularly use a mobile health app (Goth, Health Data Management, 11/5). Among the survey respondents:
- 18% have downloaded calorie-counting apps, of which 6% use them routinely;
- 16% have downloaded healthy recipe apps, of which 8% use routinely; and
- 13% have downloaded food and exercise diary apps, of which 5% use them routinely (Gallup, 11/3).
The researchers also found that certain types of mobile apps “are more closely related to high well-being outcomes than others.”
For example, running and personal training apps were more closely linked to physical well-being, while water intake and healthy recipe apps were linked to social well-being.
The researchers recommended that employers implement workplace well-being strategies to encourage healthy lifestyles, such as:
- Assigning “app champions”;
- Implementing “app of the month” programs; and
- Leading by example, in which leaders demonstrate personal use of health apps (Health Data Management, 11/5).