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Vitality Group Featured as Health Innovation Leader in New World Economic Forum Report

Vitality Group’s program has been featured as a leading innovator in health in a report by the World Economic Forum. Published in collaboration with Willis Towers Watson, the report was released today at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Leveraging principles of behavioral economics that were originally pioneered by Nobel prize-winning psychologist,... More »

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Maintain, Don’t Gain During the Holidays

What influences the foods you throw into your grocery cart or what your shopping list looks like? Does it depend on how hungry you are at the time? Who you are shopping with? It is likely a combination of factors. According to newly released research, it also depends on the season. A study from RAND... More »

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Improving the Health of Canadians: Vitality Enters Canada with Manulife

In 1946, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Constitution outlined a comprehensive definition of health as: “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” This definition of health was later espoused by Canada’s former Minister of Health and Welfare, Marc Lalonde, in 1974. His... More »

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Workplace Health Programs Linked to Improved Stock Performance

New research has just been published demonstrating that companies with best in class workplace health programs tend to outperform their peers in terms of stock performance. The key take-away is that investing in evidence-based employee health programs is a proxy for other highly effective business practices and great governance. Three studies published by Ray Fabius,... More »

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Consultation for Collective Action on Personalized Health Technology: Eliminating Ethical, Legal, and Social Barriers for Individual and Societal Benefit

[Journal of Health Communication: International Perspectives  Volume 20, Issue 8, 2015] By Gillian P. Christie, Kevin Patrick & Dennis Schmuland The ubiquity and use of smartphones, sensors, devices, and wearables that monitor, diagnose, and improve health behaviors is exploding. We track our health habits by strapping wearables to our wrists, attaching patches to our skin, and even... More »

Journal of Health Communication | July 15, 2015

A Tobacco-Free World: a Call to Action to Phase out the Sale of Tobacco Products by 2040

By Prof Robert Beaglehole, DSc, Prof Ruth Bonita, PhD, Derek Yach, MBChB, Judith Mackay, FRCP, Prof K Srinath Reddy, DM Summary The time has come for the world to acknowledge the unacceptability of the damage being done by the tobacco industry and work towards a world essentially free from the sale (legal and illegal) of... More »

The Lancet | March 13, 2015

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Wearable Devices as Facilitators, Not Drivers, of Health Behavior Change

Mitesh S. Patel, MD, MBA, MS1; David A. Asch, MD, MBA; Kevin G. Volpp, MD, PhD Ref: JAMA. 2015;313(5):459-460. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.14781. This Viewpoint discusses issues that prevent wearable medical devices from effectively bridging the gap between recording information and changing health-related behavior. Several large technology companies including Apple, Google, and Samsung are entering the expanding market of population health with the introduction... More »

JAMA | Feb. 3, 2015


Making the Workplace a More Effective Site for Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases in Adults

By Tryon, Katherine MA (Oxon), MBBS; Bolnick, Howard MBA, FSA; Pomeranz, Jennifer L. JD, MPH; Pronk, Nicolaas PhD; Yach, Derek MBChB, MPH Abstract Objective: Efforts to realize the potential of disease prevention in the United States have fallen behind those of peer countries, and workplace disease prevention is a major gap. This article investigates the... More »

Journal of Environmental and Occupational Medicine (JOEM) | November 2014

The Affordable Care Act and State Coverage of Clinical Preventive Health Services for Working-Age Adults

By Jennifer Pomeranz & Yang Y. Abstract Significant public health challenges facing the United States stem from preventable disease. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act dedicated substantial resources toward prevention. Among other reforms, the Affordable Care Act requires Medicaid and private health insurers to cover clinical preventive services for adults, pursuant to recommendations by... More »

Journal of Public Health Management & Practice (JPHMP) | April 30, 2014

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New Opportunities in the Changing Landscape of Prevention

By Derek Yach and Chris Calitz The focus of medical research has historically been on curative medicine, yielding better drugs, medical devices, and clinical procedures. Prevention science—the systematic application of scientific methods to the causes and prevention of diseases in populations—has yet to receive the necessary investment and support required to reduce the growing burden... More »

JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) | July 17, 2014