Building on the results of the largest behaviour change study on physical activity, Vitality and its global network of insurers have collectively committed to improving the health of millions over the next seven years. This is in line with the World Health Organizations’ Global Action Plan on Physical Activity, which aims to address the dramatic growth in lifestyle diseases, caused in part by a lack of exercise.
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Incentives and Physical Activity, conducted by leading independent research institute, RAND Europe, found an average 34% increase in activity levels of participants using Vitality Active Rewards with Apple Watch. The study examined the behaviours of over 400 000 people in the UK, US and South Africa.
Adrian Gore, Discovery Chief Executive and Vitality founder, revealed the findings to leaders, academics, and policymakers from around the world at an event in London. The study examined the effect of Vitality Active Rewards with Apple Watch on participants’ long-term physical activity levels. Key findings include:
A sustained increase in activity of 4.8 extra days a month, which Vitality estimates translates into two extra years of life.
Activity increased across all participants, regardless of location, health status, age or gender.
‘At-risk’ participants with a high body mass index (BMI) showed greater improvements than others, with increases in activity of 200% in the US, 160% in the UK, and 109% in South Africa.
With these sustained increases in activity, Vitality estimates that within a year, participants achieved numerous benefits, such as improvements in blood pressure, cholesterol, and cardiorespiratory fitness, as well as lowered healthcare costs.
“This landmark study helps us understand how people can be incentivised to live healthier lives,” said Gore. “The significance for individuals, the insurance industry and wider society is profound.”
Vitality has achieved global scale through successful partnerships with leading insurers and the most forward-thinking employers around the world. These partners include AIA, Generali, John Hancock, Manulife, Ping An and Sumitomo Life, all of whom have committed to making 100 million people 20% more physically active by 2025.