Health and Wellness Promotion


Through a variety of programs and policies, numerous stakeholders have attempted to promote health and wellness as a way to improve public health and reduce rising health care costs. RAND experts have examined workplace wellness programs, the effects of neighborhood characteristics — such as parks or grocery stores — on health and wellness, policy options for reducing obesity rates, and community substance abuse prevention programs.

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    Can a Wellness Program Incentivize Exercise with an Apple Watch?

    Nov 27, 2018

    Discovery Insurance offers customers the opportunity to receive an Apple Watch up front, with repayment dependent on their level of physical activity. Compared with a traditional wellness incentive program, this option was associated with higher physical activity levels that persist over time.

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    Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Among U.S. Active-Duty Service Members

    Jun 21, 2018

    The 2015 Health Related Behaviors Survey asked active-duty service members about physical activity, weight status, routine medical care, alternative medicine, sleep, supplements and energy drinks, and texting while driving.

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