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Health Tracking with Wearable Devices

Health Tracking – The #1 Way to Promote Proactive Healthcare

Health tracking, incentives, corporate health culture BestInCorporateHeath.comHealth tracking is the most motivating, effective form of  health support. I am devastated when I see articles knocking them down, even if unintentionally. Not all forms of health tracking are equal in terms of data  or capabilities. However, fitness trackers are powerful, and even if certain trackers may slack in certain areas – an all or none approach in anything, loses many people.

In my many years of medical fitness, corporate health….I have worked with thousands of people who feel helpless or just too busy and stressed to think about their health. I have also seen the power of fitness trackers, healthy competition -both with themselves and others.

Our wearable devices have come a very long way from the plastic pedometers in the Special K box of cereal. The variation between devices is immense. My goal here is to help sort through using the trackers effectively for adherence and sustainability, and choosing the right tracker for you or your employees.

Just an fyi…..I have looked over many of the lists comparing  available health trackers……very few of these lists present all the trackers available….I don’t know…..Maybe they don’t want to compare their favoured tracker to possible competition – beware. The truth is – when choosing a tracker – know the truth – know what is important to you. What biometrics and activity  would you like to track? What do you find the most motivating? What is within your budget? Some of the more celebrated devices do NOT supply the most thorough data, and are very expensive. Make your choice based on science and fact, not marketing budgets.

February 2017 study: HERO ( Health Enhancement Research Organization) Wearables in Wellness Case Study Report:

  • BP  started incorporating wearables in 2013.  More than 75% of eligible participants enrol in the company’s annual “Million Step Challenge,” and 79% reach their goal.
  • HERO report makes clear, wearables are most effective when employers understand their role in a larger wellness initiative………….“We see a lot of promise in the use of wearables as a component of a comprehensive workplace wellness program,” says Jessica Grossmeier, vice president of research for HERO. “Early research supports that a device, on its own, will not change health behaviors over the long term.”
  • Incorporate wearables into a broader program that goes beyond a single challenge focused on physical activity. Leverage interest in wearables to engage individuals in other health and well-being programs.
  • Provide ongoing enhancements to program design and engagement strategies, never allowing the program to feel stale.
  • Keep programs relevant and fresh by responding to program evaluation data and employee feedback to continuously improve your approach.
  • Develop goals and objectives for your program and leverage available wearables data to evaluate achievement of those goals.

Its unfortunate but the calorie somehow stole the spotlight with health and fitness. Yes, we must watch our calorie intake, and try to make sure the calories we consume feed us the nutrition we need. However, lets take a look at the painfully oversimplified equation:

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It’s Complicated….Very Complicated

Calories IN − Calories Burned we lose weight or gain weight

If only life were so simple….the truth is knowing these variables accurately……NO

It became very popular for many years for cardio respiratory equipment – treadmills, health tracking with wearable devices Best in Corporate Health
ellipticals, stair climbers, bikes…..to provide “calories burned”. This number is calculated based on the weight entered at the start  of the workout, age,  sometimes heart rate, duration of workout, effort…..et voila – we are told the calories we burned. Again – this is calculated based on some generalized superficial data, not on the individual and their metabolic rate and other unique data such as lean muscle mass or our basal metabolic rate.

Perhaps, in our wellness programs we should focus on optimizing our metabolism by fine tuning the many factors that sabotage our best efforts. Track those variables and behaviors. Many of our “best intentions” to improve our health – actually back fire on us – causing metabolic mayhem.

Many fitness trackers do not gather the data necessary to give an accurate number of calories burned – thats totally OK – however, do not depend on this number in making health decisions. Example: Your fitness tracker told you that you just burned 1,000 calories in that 1 hour at the gym……that, sorry to burst your bubble, is not very likely. Please don’t go out and have a hunk of red velvet cake based on those numbers.

A recent study by Stanford researchers demonstrated that most fitness trackers are not accurate with calorie expenditure data. As explained above, calorie expenditure is a calculated value – determined by a number of biomarkers. If the tracker does not measure those variables – it is not going to provide the most accurate measure of calorie expenditure. If accurate calorie expenditure is the important feature of health tracking for you, choose a tracker that measures the pertinent data to make that calculation.

Physical Inactivity is the new smoking. We need to get people physically active for mind, body and soul, for the future of our children and the future of our economy. Health tracking promotes:

  • health… proactive, predictive and chronic care health care
  • a productive workforce
  • a healthy economy
  • a solid pivotal position for creating wellness programs
  • creating health challenges and healthy competition motivating adherence
  • camaraderie
  • corporate health culture
  • family health
  • healthy lifestyle choices
  • good moods and happy hormones

I am in awe that we have the technology to really monitor our health – of course wearable devices  are not a replacement of medical advice and diagnostics – but they are an incredible way to take charge of our health, and finally make that move from our society of sick care to a society of true health care.

 

Chief Health Enthusiast – Best In Corporate Health

Shira Litwack, Corporate Program Designer
Shira Litwack, medical fitness professional, Cancer Exercise Specialist , Medical Exercise Specialist, Holistic Nutritionist

Employee Wellness Toronto, Ontario – But offered worldwide!

  • Shira is regularly consulted by Naturopaths, oncologists, health coaches on cancer exercise and exercise adherence.
  • Has assembled over 20 health and fitness professionals with varying specialties to bring to corporate wellness programs
  • Platforms include: Speaking, One-one/group health coaching, Retreats, Course development for in house delivery, Metrics to measure success available, Partners always included
  • Now offering live interactive webinars, just as if each participant has a personal health coach – making corporate wellness programs affordable to all.
  • Shira has been interviewed & published in hundreds of resources over the last 12 years:

Articles featured in: ezines, ArticlesInk, European Registry of Exercise Professionals, The National Post, Investment Executive Magazine, Directory of Greater Toronto, Canadian Leukemia & Lymphoma Association, Prostate Cancer Canada, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Anytime Fitness, Today’s Black Woman, Today’s Seniors, Medical Fitness Network, FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered), Willow (Breast & Hereditary Cancer Support),Myeloma Canada, Cancer Exercise Training Institute, Urban Poling for Breast Cancer, ROW – Recovery on Water for Breast Cancer, Sirius XM Doctor Radio

About Us The Best In Corporate Health

About Us – The Best In Corporate Health for your Employees

Our coaches vary drastically  – between us covering over 50 health specializations, but all very talented at helping people reach their health goals. No two employee wellness programs are the same. No templates – you are the model for your program. Corporate retreats, public seminars, public speaking available, health coaching:

CIRCLE INFOGRAPHICExercise and Physical Activity

Nutrition

Lifestyle Habits

Avoiding Oxidative Stressors…the magic of Cell-Being

Managing Stress and Depression

Your Corporate Happy Place….Down to the Cell!

Processes are Measurable and Spouses encouraged

 

Proud Creators of Thousands of Corporate Health Cultures Worldwide

 

About Us – Our Creation:

Shira Litwack medical fitness professional Creator Cell-Being.com Shira Litwack, Medical fitness professional, Cancer Exercise Specialist,  Medical Exercise Specialist, Holistic Nutrition

Industry Expert Cancer Exercise
Director of International Relations Cancer Exercise Training Institute Master Trainer

BSc Psychology & Chemistry
Holistic Nutrition| Addiction Recovery
Total of 18 exercise designations
Radio talk show host/Guest/Producer Health & Fitness Radio

 

Disease prevention and recovery is all about orchestrating the inner cacophony into a beautiful symphony. Exercise, Nutrition & Lifestyle habits construct our inner ecosystem, a major determinant of our ability to fend off illness, and build our health from the cell……our Cell-Being.

According to the CDC 75% of Illness is lifestyle, not genetic Genetics is thought to be only 5-10% of cancer occurrence

Living a Life to Prevent Cancer…..the best way to optimize health, focus, productivity…and happiness.

About Us Providing the Best In Corporate Health for Employee WellnessCancer is a genetic mutation. We have to enable our body to shut down the exposure to mutagens & to destroy any mutated cells. We are exposed through carcinogens of which many are silent, and oxidative stressors in our life. The right exercise & physical activity are vital members of Integrative Oncology, protecting our inner ecosystem….Cell health

Optimizing Cell health prevent disease, is the model for optimizing employee health and productivity

Shira is regularly consulted by Naturopaths, oncologists, health coaches on cancer exercise and exercise adherence.
Shira has been interviewed & published in hundreds of resources over the last 12 years:

Articles featured in: ezines, ArticlesInk, European Registry of Exercise Professionals, The National Post, Investment Executive Magazine, Directory of Greater Toronto, Canadian Leukemia & Lymphoma Association, Prostate Cancer Canada, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Anytime Fitness, Today’s Black Woman, Today’s Seniors, Medical Fitness Network

Shira has been interviewed on: City TV, CTV, National Public Radio, Sirius XM Dr. Rehab Dr. Jonathan Whiteson & The Sports Medicine Show, Living Cancer Free, Web Talk Radio, Voice America, Obesity Control Center

 

We at Best In Corporate Health Proudly boast….

Proud Creators of Thousands of Corporate Health Cultures World Wide

 

 

 

 

Corporate Programs: 10 Common Mistakes

Corporate Programs…..Health is wealth..

Unfortunately, most corporate programs are prepackaged, and do not dig to the root of issues. We all know that productive, engaged employees are the very best asset for a company. Health is wealth. We all get wrapped up in the rat race of life, and unfortunately, health is not nurtured, until there is something wrong.

Many of the issues a company has with employees – absenteeism, lack of productivity or focus….are based on underlying dysfunction of health.

Cellular health  minimizes  those saboteurs which lead to poorly optimized health, enabling happiness, strength, empowerment, productivity  – and yes – prevent illness.

Creating a process which is individualized, carries the person beyond the end of the program, engages  participation and the mindset to continue….is not only best for the employee – but is a sound investment for the company.

Health is Wealth – Health for the employee, wealth for the company.

Far too many programs are temporary at best, or completely unrealistic for the employee to embrace. Reality, not theories of shoulds and should nots, need to guide the health process. Your employees’ realities are the template for an effective corporate program.  Here are the most common pitfalls of typical employee health programs.

Top 10 Most Common Mistakes of Corporate Health Programs
  1. Health is Wealth with Best In Corporate Health They are “programs”. Right away this implies a finite, set time, usually based on a predetermined agenda. Let’s help our employees on a process to evolve into healthier steps and give them the tools to continue this process.
  2. Don’t help the participants set the right goals – often unrealistic, superficial, or non health centric goals are set which lead to non compliance or learned helplessness. Many people reach for superficial goals normally associated with a fitness program which are temporary at best. By guiding them to dig a few levels deeper, addressing their own unique set of needs and any pre existing demands in their lives – a sustainable growth oriented process is developed and embraced. And yes, those original more superficial goals will be achieved in a more livable lifestyle.
  3. The Program is based on “pop fitness” vs. cellular fitness which is the only way to address health issues. If the Pop fitness paradigm doesn’t fit – which it usually doesn’t – leads to frustration and a sense of failure. The other aspect that very few consider – the “pop fitness” paradigm can be dangerous for many. Instead of fitness from the outside and assuming its helping on the inside (big assumption) fitness needs to be addressed from the inside out.
  4. Programs are one size fits all – not addressing needs, time, medical issues – possibly creating greater biological mayhem. Needs assessments do not have to be that complicated – and they set the stage for compliance and employee confidence. We all like to feel someone cares about us – not just filling in forms checking off boxes.
  5. Corporate Programs present a list of “shoulds” and “should nots” – Nobody is looking to feel deprived, guilted or more on their to do list.  None of us are looking for another miserable thing to do in our lives.
  6. Missing Measurable Outcomes: The process helps participants recognize progress & work through setbacks  providing mathematically measured success at regular intervals. Nothing assures adherence more than progress and victory.
  7. The Providers: most “fitness professionals” are limited to the limited outer appearances side of fitness mentioned earlier. The same information can be obtained searching online. That same information we shake our heads and say “tried it”. An understanding of hormones, circadian rhythms, agents in their environment that can be sabotaging their efforts beyond junk food in the cupboard and no time for exercise …if these many deeper aspects of cellular health are not incorporated – the program is far too simplistic, misleading and incomplete.
  8.  Lack of Accountability: We all have greater appreciation when we have invested time and effort into the project. Employees need to see a direct , quantitative relationship between individual changes and outcomes
  9. Follow through – Evolution did not happen in 1 session new habits. Psychologists say it takes 2 months of consistency to integrate a new lifestyle habit. Progression into habits often takes 2-3 cycles of  testing, growth and evolution.  We all know about going to a seminar – getting all Ra Ra – and then….flatline. A complete process needs tapered follow through
  10. Fitness Baggage…Attitude is everything. We all have experiences we are less proud of – and unfortunately that baggage weighs us down and doesn’t allow us to move forward. The go forward is far too often nothing more than either a pep talk or lost in the fine print.
    We all need to feel valued and appreciated. Implementing a “Health is Wealth” mantra proves to employees, their health is wealth…. and yes we include partners too!

 

Nurture a person’s  heartbeat – Nurture the Corporate heartbeat!

Corporate wellness….Health is Wealth

Employee Wellness Programs with Best In Corporate Health….Creating your corporate wellness program based on your employee health needs.

Ask about our live interactive webinars…Having a personal health coach at a fraction of the cost.

Shira@BestInCorporateHealth.com

 

Corporate  Programs are the #1 way to effectively touch the lives of the most people. Nothing prepackaged, each process uniquely sculpted to employee health needs from the cell, infused with fun and camaraderie to build your corporate health culture. 

Shira Litwack, Corporate Programs Chief Health Enthusiast – Best In Corporate Health

  • Shira is regularly consulted by Naturopaths, oncologists, health coaches on cancer exercise and exercise adherence.
  • Has assembled over 20 health and fitness professionals with varying specialties to bring to corporate  programs
  • Platforms include: Speaking, One-one/group health coaching, Retreats, Course development for in house delivery, Metrics to measure success available, Partners always included
  • Now offering live interactive webinars, just as if each participant has a personal health coach – making corporate wellness programs affordable to all.
  • Radio Talkshow host Health and Fitness Radio
  • Shira has been interviewed & published in hundreds of resources over the last 12 years:

Articles featured in: ezines, ArticlesInk, European Registry of Exercise Professionals, The National Post, Investment Executive Magazine, Directory of Greater Toronto, Canadian Leukemia & Lymphoma Association, Prostate Cancer Canada, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Anytime Fitness, Today’s Black Woman, Today’s Seniors, Medical Fitness Network, FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered), Willow (Breast & Hereditary Cancer Support),  Cancer Exercise Training Institute, Urban Poling for Breast Cancer, ROW – Recovery on Water for Breast Cancer

Shira has been interviewed on: City TV, CTV, National Public Radio, Sirius XM Dr. Rehab Dr. Jonathan Whiteson & The Sports Medicine Show, Living Cancer Free, Web Talk Radio, Voice America, Obesity Control Center, Investment Executive