We love hearing positive sentiments from our Daily Challenge members on a daily basis. Reflections on their experiences and the power of small actions help us feel that we’re accomplishing our mission. Thanks to our research team, we now have another indicator of success: scientific evidence!
A study published yesterday in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine showed that Daily Challenge measurably improves the well-being of participants, particularly those who engage socially with others in their network.
Led by Nate Cobb, M.D., Chief Medical Officer for MeYou Health, and Josée Poirier, PhD, Director of Program Design and Research, the results of the study not only prove the power of online social interventions to impact well-being, but they also validate the effectiveness of Daily Challenge specifically.
After months of collecting data from more than 1,500 participants, Daily Challenge was found to improve well-being within 30 days and maintain the improvement over 90 days, especially for members who were more socially engaged within the product (i.e., those who had connections).
“The effect found in this study has the potential to drive large-scale population impact,” Dr. Cobb says, adding that all well-being interventions need to be continuously refined with more research. “This is the approach we take with Daily Challenge, and why it’s proven to be an effective, scalable solution to improve well-being, with significant potential to impact health care costs.”
Daily Challenge is a product the MeYou Health team can feel good about creating, and one that Daily Challenge members can feel good about using. Although publication of the study is indeed a victory, Dr. Poirier says it serves to fuel further iteration for Daily Challenge as we work toward improving the DC experience for members.
She also explains that research and science play a major role in everything that happens at MeYou Health. “Research is not solely used for evaluation purposes. It informs all our decision-making throughout the product development process.” The scientific validation gained from the Daily Challenge study is rare among well-being applications, and we are using the same diligence and evidence-based iterations to create Walkadoo, our free walking product, as well as our weight-management product currently in development.
“The most exciting part is knowing we have an application that people appreciate and want to use, and that it’s scientifically shown to be effective,” Dr. Poirier says. “We have both sides of the equation.”