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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

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... More »

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

Improving Support for Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention: Summary of Key Messages from Reports of the Institute of Medicine

Leigh Carroll and Bridget B. Kelly, Editors   This paper was commissioned by the Vitality Institute, an organization with a mission to advance knowledge about the evolving science and art of chronic disease prevention and... More »

Institute of Medicine (IOM) | June 18, 2014

Fitness Devices Impacting Employee Health According to Vitality Study

People of all ages, weight and gender are embracing wearable fitness devices offering real-time data to track their physical activity according to a three-year analysis from The Vitality Group, part of the world’s first and... More »

The Vitality Group | April 23, 2014

Poor Diet, Tobacco Use and Lack of Physical Activity Taking Toll on Nation’s Health

While we're living longer, poor diet, tobacco use and inadequate physical activity are negatively impacting our health. These are some of the findings of research released this week by the U.S. Burden of Disease Collaborators,... More »

Huffington Post, Healthy Living | July 15, 2013

Fitness-Related Activities and Medical Claims Related to Hospital Admissions

Introduction We report on the effect of an incentive-based wellness program on medical claims and hospital admissions among members of a major health insurer. The focus of this investigation was specifically on fitness-related activities in... More »

Preventing Chronic Disease | October, 2009

Participation in Fitness-Related Activities of an Incentive-Based Health Promotion Program and Hospital Costs: A Retrospective Longitudinal Study

Purpose. A retrospective, longitudinal study examined changes in participation in fitness-related activities and hospital claims over 5 years amongst members of an incentivized health promotion program offered by a private health insurer. Design. A 3-year retrospective... More »

American Journal of Health Promotion | June 3, 2010