We are so excited to announce our partnership with Wellness Corporate Solutions to offer the WellWork Kit Pro, a robust, turn-key wellness program, which enables small employers to bring wellness into their organization in a dynamic yet affordable way.
The WellWork Kit Pro includes:
Creating an environment that improves your employees’ health might feel daunting – but it doesn’t have to be! That’s because the MeYou Health wellness platform makes it a snap to get started, with no extra time or resources required. Even better, our clinically proven products keep employees engaged and excited about making healthy changes every day.
Here are 3 ways to get started on workplace wellness right away:
2) Daily Challenge Tracks
Small steps lead to big change, and your employees can start right away with Daily Challenge. With nearly 50 different modules (also known as "tracks") – from nutrition and physical activity to emotional health and work-life balance – there’s something for everyone. And because each module is just 28 to 35 days long, employees can cover lots of different topics! Here’s how it works: Your employees receive one small health challenge each day, then complete it and share how they did it with the Daily Challenge online community. There’s no setup required and it takes moments to get started, making it easy for everyone to jump in.
Our turn-key, fully configurable, zero-maintenance wellness program helps employees live healthier, more productive lives – and saves time and energy for employers. To learn more about how MeYou Health can help your organization, please contact us!
Although many well-being platforms are social, ours is the only one that’s “open social.” That’s the term we’ve coined to describe the ability for members to get support from any person who can help them make healthy changes – whether it’s a coworker, friend, family member, or participant in our any of our products’ already thriving communities. President & COO Trapper Markelz explains more in the video below.
For more info, check out our free white paper on how an open social approach increases a network’s power to effect change: http://bit.ly/2f12ATg
Chief Medical Officer Nate Cobb, MD, addresses why the "cold start" model, prevalent in research and worksite programs, fails to engineer true social support.
The “cold start” problem
For years, researchers and intervention designers have struggled to realize the potential benefits of social networks in driving behavior change. Despite well-publicized research showing that real-life social networks can impact behavior (such as Nicholas Christakis’ work showing the spread of health-related behaviors through social networks in Framingham), creating “new” networks that are engineered to assist change has been challenging.
A paper recently published in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine demonstrates these challenges in an explicit way. The researchers randomized participants from three different Pennsylvania communities into one of three groups. The first group received tips on walking. Members of the second group received the same tips, plus an online walking program and pedometer. They also interacted with research staff who provided them with tailored walking goals based on walking logs. The third group received everything in the first two groups and was also given access to an online group for their community, either in Ning or Facebook. A total of 308 people were randomized to the three groups across the three communities, or about 33 people per group per community.
The researchers found no difference between the three groups. The group that got the simple walking tips increased their walking by the same amount as the group with pedometers, interaction with research staff, and access to the social network site. Not surprisingly in retrospect, participants were not terribly engaged with their online networks (and in an effort to promote engagement, the researchers even resorted to offering financial incentives to two of the three community groups). This problem will sound familiar to anyone who has ever tried to implement a real-world wellness program – and as you can see from this trial, what can seem challenging in a 1,000-person employer is magnified when groups are much smaller.
There are two very different models for engineering social networks and social support. The more common model, which is often used in research programs and worksite programs, takes a set of enrollees and assigns them together with resources and networking tools in an attempt to bootstrap a social network. In doing so, they suffer from what has been called the “cold start” problem, or the simple fact that it is difficult to create a true network from scratch, particularly on a timeline.
The MeYou Health solution
An alternative model attempts to build a much larger, persistent social network over time, enrolling new members into that social network after it is stable. This model, which MeYou Health uses and pioneered with QuitNet, has the benefit of disentangling the process of creating a network from its effect on an individual participant. For researchers in particular, however, it presents a challenge, as it takes significant time and resources to build out a large, persistent social network dedicated to a given behavior or medical condition.
In our paper on the QuitNet social network, we suggested that researchers should document the existence of a social network in any social network intervention using formal methods. Put another way, a social network is a set of people with connections to each other actively communicating with each other. Without this, all you have is a “social network site,” which is a very different thing.
This question matters for academic researchers as well as purchasers of wellness services. If someone tells you they have a social network, they should be able to demonstrate it with straightforward network measures, such as the mean number of connections or the network density. Without evidence of a social network, it's safe to assume that the network site is suffering from a cold start problem.
Many wellness companies offer team walking competitions so employers can promote healthy exercise in the workplace. Fun! Fitness! Friendly competition! But here’s the problem: It takes a lot of work on the part of the employer, and the competition often gives an unfair advantage to those employees who are already fit and highly motivated.
MeYou Health has designed a team competition that’s better for employers and entire employee populations. Walkadoo, our digital walking program that sends its members daily customized step goals, is already a highly engaging program: 63% of those who enroll are still engaged after 90 days. Team competitions boost engagement and social interaction even further – as the central hub for the competition, Walkadoo is where team members go each day to cheer each other on, have fun, and work toward a common goal.
A four-week Walkadoo team competition is also a turn-key program that makes the process effortless for employers. Team competitions have no administrative overhead and are designed to run themselves. Even better, employers never need to worry about assembling teams, because Walkadoo uses an internal randomization system to create teams that are more balanced and can engage an employer’s whole population, from the sedentary to the very active.
“We created this system because we wanted to avoid the team ‘pickup’ model, where very motivated people band together into small teams and compete amongst themselves. That’s not much fun for everyone else,” says Chief Product Officer Antares Meketa. “In a Walkadoo team competition, people who have a lower level of motivation or less confidence will benefit from being on a diverse team.”
What’s more, the competitions are not based on the amount each person walks, but how successful he or she is at reaching personalized daily step goals. This enables people of all skill levels to compete on a team together, and anyone can be the team’s hero!
Here’s how a team competition works from start to finish:
We are currently piloting team competitions with Blue Shield of California and look forward to sharing the details in an upcoming post. To learn more about how Walkadoo team competitions can impact your organization, please contact us.
Rick Lee, in an interview with MobiHealthNews, discusses the continuing evolution of MeYou Health – from its beginnings as a subsidiary to its new role as an independent company uniquely positioned to work with health plans. Read it here!
Today MeYou Health has announced a new CEO and a new round of funding from Ballast Point Ventures and Blue Shield of California!
Serial health care entrepreneur Rick Lee, co-founder of Healthrageous, Quality Oncology, and Value Health, and a group of experienced health care investors have joined forces to re-energize MeYou Health (MYH), a Boston-based digital wellness platform for health plans. Lee, backed by Ballast Point Ventures, Blue Shield of California, and several prominent individual investors, recently led a buyout of MeYou Health followed by substantial growth financing for the company.
MeYou Health is happy to be named one of The Boston Globe’s Top Places to Work for the second year in a row! This year, MeYou Health was third on the list of top small employers. Check out the full list of small employers in Massachusetts that made the cut.
Coverage of the 2015 Top Places to Work made it clear how these companies have created a place where people love their jobs. According to The Boston Globe, “[A]ll the winners share a few key traits: treating workers well, giving them a voice, and encouraging them to have some fun while they’re at it.” Here are a few more areas where MeYou Health shines: