How apps boost well-being, make for a healthier workforce

One of every five American adults is using mobile technology to enhance his or her life, and the number jumps to 23 percent when it comes to those working full-time jobs, according to new Gallup research.

Two thirds of Americans, about 65 percent, are using a smartphone and just over half of those, 34 percent, are using at least one mobile app related to living a healthy lifestyle, according to the research. In addition, 19 percent routinely use the apps to foster personal well being. Gallup defines well-being as it relates to a fulfilling purpose and healthy physical, social, financial and community relationships.

The statistics, according to the report's authors, indicate consumers are seeking a healthier lifestyle. In response employers should support such mHealth app use and interest to help employees attain healthier and happier lives, they add.

Companies can make a substantial impact on employee well-being by encouraging use of healthcare mobile technology, and the Gallup researchers offer up several tips, including leading by example in using mHealth tech and encouraging employees to discover new tools.

"Well-being apps can and do play a key role in promoting high well-being for employees. Because of this, leaders should use every tool at their disposal to enhance employee well-being--it will benefit both the company they lead and the employees who work there," the authors write.

The news regarding mHealth tech adoption comes as interest in mHealth apps, devices and innovations are grabbing consumers' attention.

A recent Cybercitizen Health survey, conducted by the Manhattan Research Group, reveals 32 percent of respondents are interested in using a wearable device to boost personal health.

The trend also aligns with healthcare expert who noted in a high50 article that a "revolution" of health and well-being is underway. "During the next five years, health apps will empower consumers to make improved and informed lifestyle choices leading to better health and reducing the risk of chronic disease," Damon Lightley, managing director at Genetic Apps, told high50.

The Gallup research reveals the most common apps in play are those helping with calorie counting, with 18 percent of Americans tapping such software and 6 percent using it on a regular basis. Apps for healthy recipes and food-exercise journals are the next most popular software tools.

For more information:
- read the Gallup article

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