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Teams Boost Wellness Challenge Results Without Incentives According to New Health Enhancement Systems White Paper
Date:12/29/2012

the appeal of teaming up to test their mettle against coworkers — across the hall or across the country — for better fitness, nutrition, weight loss or stress management.
Health Enhancement Systems has included buddy, team, and other social features in online wellness campaigns for more than a decade. The data is overwhelmingly in favor of bringing small groups together to work toward common goals. The overall impact of teams across all the company’s wellness campaigns is impressive:
  •     Registration increases 15%-87% (+24% average)
  •     Completed evaluation increases 6%-97% (+53% average)
  •     Health goal achieved increases 14%-90% (+57% average).

When it comes to specific objectives, team participants are more likely to reach the target by a wide margin. For example:

  •     Great American Fitness Adventure — 30+ minutes of exercise, 5 or more days a week: +58%
  •     HealthTrails — 5 or more produce servings a day and 30+ minutes of exercise, 5 or more days a week: +84%
  •     Walktober and 10K-A-Day — daily walking goals of 30 minutes, 5 or more days a week and 10,000 steps a day: +42% and +44%.

The power of joining with others on a wellness team is hard to overstate. Research shows that simply observing others working toward a goal can motivate people to pursue the same goal, whether or not they realize it. This effect is most potent when people share a group. The typical workplace is full of groups — departments, units, functions, as well as physical work areas — giving team- based wellness initiatives a familiar format.

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