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Physical Activity

Sedentary behavior is a prominent risk factor linked to most non-communicable diseases. As societies, we know we need to be more active, yet progress has been lacking even as the evidence supporting the benefits of physical activity continues to mount.
The Vitality Institute is devoted to learning how the intersection of environment, technology, and economics can interact to produce circumstances in which all adults and children can choose to be more active in their everyday lives in a safe and enjoyable way.

The Evidence

From the Blog

Apple’s Quiet Acquisition of Gliimpse

It has emerged that Apple quietly acquired Gliimpse earlier this year. Founded in 2013, Gliimpse is a personal health data start-up with a digital platform that enables the collection, personalization, and sharing of images of... More »

Gillian Christie | Aug 30, 2016
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From the Blog

Wearables Weekly

Wearables Weekly Brought to you by Sarah Kunkle and Gillian Christie, Wearables Weekly is a weekly newsletter highlighting noteworthy stories and leading insights into wearable tracking devices and other personalized health technologies. Please contact gchristie@thevitalitygroup.com... More »

Gillian Christie and Sarah Kunkle | Jun 20, 2016
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From the Blog

Can Physical Exercise Make You Smarter?

Physical exercise makes our bodies healthier by helping to control weight and reducing the risks of various chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, Type II diabetes, and some cancers. But can physical activity also make you... More »

Kristie Willenborg | Apr 13, 2016
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Harnessing the Power of Women to Beat Diabetes

April 7 marks the World Health Organization’s (WHO) World Health Day. This year’s theme – Beat Diabetes – comes at a critical time when 415 million people are affected by diabetes worldwide. The campaign aims... More »

Gabriela Seplovich and Adriana Selwyn | Apr 7, 2016
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From the Blog

“Move for Health” – Physical Activity and Diabetes Prevention

Diabetes is a disorder that causes blood glucose levels to rise higher than normal. The most common form of diabetes is Type 2, or non-insulin dependent diabetes. With this disease, your body does not use... More »

Kristie Willenborg | Apr 5, 2016
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More steps, more life

It is well-known that being physically active is linked to living a longer and healthier life. A recent study from Australian researchers confirmed this, showing that taking more steps each day led to a lower... More »

Adriana Selwyn and Jonathan Dugas | Mar 23, 2016
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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... More »

Journal of Health Communication | July 15, 2015

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.... More »

JAMA | Feb. 3, 2015

Do Workplace Health Promotion (Wellness) Programs Work?

Authors: Goetzel, Ron Z. PhD; Henke, Rachel Mosher PhD; Tabrizi, Maryam PhD, MS; Pelletier, Kenneth R. PhD, MD (hc); Loeppke, Ron MD, MPH; Ballard, David W. PsyD, MBA; Grossmeier, Jessica PhD, MPH; Anderson, David R.... More »

Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine (JOEM) | September 2014

7. Placing Physical Activity at the Heart of an Organization’s Workforce (Webinar Series)

Lara Dugas (Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine), and Theresa Schnelle (Lockton)

Watch Past Webinar | March 11, 2015 | 2-3pm ET