Mobile Health Applications Linked to Specific Well-Being Outcomes

November 6, 2014 in News

Mobile health applications are becoming increasingly popular and can be linked to specific well-being outcomes, according to new research by Gallup, Health Data Management reports. Findings

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).
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