Interest in Mobile Health Apps Extends to Employers

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  • December 03 2012, 12:20pm EST

Cambridge, Ohio-based Advantage Bank has about 220 employees throughout 23 branches serving the southeast corner of the state and parts of Kentucky and West Virginia. In April 2012, the bank started a program to encourage employees to get healthy by increasing how much they walk and focusing on improving their diets. Nearly 160 employees are still participating, thanks in part to a mobile app that makes tracking progress easy, immediate and educational.

Advantage Bank uses software and pedometers from San Antonio-based Walkingspree that enable employees to track how many steps they take daily and chart it, compare their progress with other employees, determine how many miles they walked, how many calories were burned and how many of those calories were fat. They also enter information on their daily diet to track their food intake, and can enter health status information following physician appointments--such as body mass index, heart rate, and glucose and cholesterol levels--and track these levels over time.

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