Latest LumiHealth stats show encouraging findings
Helping Singaporeans become fitter
Since its launch in Singapore in partnership with Apple two years ago, the LumiHealth program has been enjoying success, as reflected in latest statistics from Apple Newsroom.
Here are some encouraging findings since LumiHealth was introduced to the island back in October 2020:
- There have been over 300,000 downloads
- Over 19 million health and wellness challenges have been issued
- Over 32.9 million workouts completed on Apple Watch
When it comes to exercises, walking and running are the two most popular with over 18 million kilometers tracked. Cycling comes next with 16.8 million km, while 948,000 hours of yoga have also been tallied.
LumiHealth also found out that at least 1 in 4 users are using their Apple Watch to discover new workouts with the program, incorporating them to their weekly physical activities.
Low activity, high BMI, seniors benefitting
LumiHealth has also been a handy tool for those categorized under low activity, high BMI, and seniors. These are manifested in the following numbers:
- High BMI individuals have increased weekly exercise minutes by 44 percent
- Sedentary and lightly active users increased weekly exercise minutes by 88 percent. They make up 86 percent of the total LumiHealth user base.
- Seniors have also increased weekly activity by 75 percent. They have become informed on how to prevent or protect selves from falls.
More features in store
Continuing to build on their success and supporting fitness goals, LumiHealth has also introduced more challenges and feature programs.
These include cardiovascular-related challenges to urge individuals to take care of their heart health, and the 30-day Minutes to Mindfulness program that focuses on practicing mindfulness through breathing exercises and reflections.
Aside from their new campaigns, MiniHealth and Apple Watch will also offer users more incentives. This is to encourage them to be part of the program.
From July 15 to August 14, 2022, new users can get a free SG$ 40 Apple Retail gift card for those who purchase a new Apple Watch and join LumiHealth.
In addition, current participants who refer friends and family to LumiHealth during this period will be awarded 10,000 bonus points for each successful referral.
How Watsons is revolutionizing wellness in the Philippines
More holistic solutions for everyone!
Watsons recently held its Race for Wellness last March 5, 2023. Over 6,000 participants have joined the race — from casual and serious runners to fitness enthusiasts, and even groups of friends and families.
The event solidifies the brand’s commitment to becoming the ultimate health and beauty partner for every Filipino. After all, Watson’s enables Filipinos to achieve a balanced lifestyle through its holistic solutions, products, and services.
The race for wellness
After a long flight from Spain, I headed to the Mall of Asia Concert Grounds where the race took place. Instead of just attending the event as a part of the media, I also participated even though my body wasn’t in the condition to take a race. What a brave soul, aren’t I?
The Race for Wellness offered different categories: 5K, 10K, and 21K. Each distance has plenty of surprises along the way, from drum beaters and cheerers to Filipino-themed Wellness zone obstacles. Foam and water fest stations were also set up, which got me sprinting when I passed through them on my 5K race.
Of course, your boy crossed the finish line swiftly, ranking 30th overall with a 28:53 chip time and 29:03 gun time. On another note, an awarding ceremony was held for the winners per category. For 21KM, Welfred Esporma topped the males with 1:14:51 gun time while April Rose Diaz finished strong at 1:36:20.
Alfrene Braza swiftly ran through other males at the 10K race with 0:34:20 gun time, followed by Saltanat Simbina topping the women with 0:48:27 gun time.
Meanwhile, the 5K race was dominated by Mark Angelo Biagtan (0:17:08) and Princess Valerie (0:25:38).
Wellness is for everyone
Watsons believe that wellness is for everyone, inviting anyone to join the race. Aside from runners, fitness enthusiasts, and even celebrities, Cancer survivors from the Philippine General Hospital have also participated in the event.
“The fun run is one of Watsons’ many ways to wellness, with the ultimate goal of encouraging everyone toward a healthy journey of always looking and feeling their best. Good health is a right and is needed to lead happy and productive lives. It, however, requires effort and making the right lifestyle choices,” says Jared De Guzman, Watsons Director for Customer Division.
Medical Associations namely, the Philippine Foundation for Vaccination (PFV), the Philippine Physical Therapy Association (PPTA), and the Philippine Alliance of Patient Organizations (PAPO) were also present at the event to bring their support and amplify the call for health and wellness.
Revolutionizing health and wellness
While fun runs are one way of promoting good health and an active lifestyle, Watsons takes it up a notch with expert care, advice, and a platform for health literacy.
As a celebration of over 1,000 stores in the Philippines, Watsons launched its self-checkout counter. It also brought SkinFie lab, a scanner that gives free skin assessment.
In an interview with Jared De Guzman, the executive discussed with GadgetMatch its plans to promote the Watsons Health Hub. It’s an online one-stop shop offering subscription plans, laboratory and diagnostic tests, teleconsultations, and more.
De Guzman also discussed how medicines and other essentials are now easily accessible, thanks to Watsons mobile app. Customers can now purchase and pick up their orders from selected stores in just 30 minutes or less through Click & Collect. For those who want to receive the orders directly at their doorsteps, there’s also the Home Delivery Express.
The company is also driving health and wellness literacy, partnering with the Department of Health (DOH) and medical associations.
When asked when is the next Race for Wellness, Watsons hinted that in the coming months, it will focus on other forms of being active such as biking, dancing, and so on.
For your beauty and health needs, go to your nearest Watsons branch, visit the official website at watsons.com.ph, or download the official website on the App Store or Google Play. Visit the Watsons Health Hub for more health information and tips.
Apple champions menstrual health
With new preliminary findings from The Apple Women’s Study
Menstrual health is a very common and sensitive topic for us women, and yet it remains under-researched.
As someone who underwent ovarian surgery a few months ago, one of the things I learned from that experience is how reproductive health is often overlooked.
Usual symptoms like bloating, stomach cramps, and tiredness can be easily dismissed as “common” during periods. But these should always be monitored.
In fact, one out of ten women has Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), a health condition which can possibly affect fertility rate, menstrual cycles, changes in physical appearance, mental health, among other factors.
And yet, a huge percentage of women remains undiagnosed.
The Apple Women’s Study
This prevalent problem prompted Apple to create a digital study. It aims to gain a deeper understanding about the menstrual cycle and its relationship with a person’s overall health.
The Apple Women’s Study was launched in 2019 and is accessible via Apple Research App. It was done in collaboration with Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).
Anyone living in the US who has ever menstruated can participate in the study. They simply need to download the app in their iPhone and sign up for the research.
With the help of period tracker Cycle Tracking on Apple Watch, or Cycle Tracking in the Health app on iPhone, participants’ menstrual cycle data and survey answers from the study will be analyzed, and help inform the development of innovative products for menstrual cycles, risk assessment, and screening of gynecologic conditions.
New Preliminary Findings
Harvard Chan School researchers used survey data from the Apple Women’s Health Study to advance the scientific understanding around the relationship between persistently abnormal periods, PCOS, and endometrial hyperplasia and cancer.
Looking at a preliminary analysis cohort of over 50,000 study participants, the study team found:
- 12 percent of participants reported a PCOS diagnosis. Participants with PCOS had more than four times the risk of endometrial hyperplasia (precancer of the uterus). And more than 2.5 times the risk of uterine cancer.
- 5.7 percent of participants reported their cycles taking five or more years to reach cycle regularity after their first period. Participants in that group had more than twice the risk of endometrial hyperplasia. More than 3.5 times the risk of uterine cancer, compared to those who reported their cycles took less than one year to reach regularity.
Previous interim updates
The Apple Women’s Health Study team has previously shared a number of other interim research updates that highlight how large-scale, longitudinal research on menstruation can help advance the science around this topic.
- Research published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology focuses on cycle deviations, like irregular or prolonged periods, which can be a sign of underlying conditions including PCOS, fibroids, malignancies, or infections. The study found cycle deviations were found in 16.4 percent of the study population. Black participants had a 33 percent higher prevalence of infrequent periods compared to white, non-Hispanic participants. Asian participants had a higher prevalence of irregular periods.
- Demonstrating just how common menstrual symptoms really are, researchers found the most frequently tracked symptoms were abdominal cramps, bloating, and tiredness, all of which were experienced by more than 60 percent of participants who logged symptoms. More than half of the participants who logged symptoms reported acne and headaches. Some less widely recognized symptoms, like diarrhea and sleep changes, were also tracked by 37 percent of participants logging symptoms.
After analyzing over 125,000 menstrual cycles, researchers found that participants experienced slightly longer menstrual cycles for cycles in which they received a COVID-19 vaccine. But participants’ cycles typically returned to prevaccination lengths the cycle after getting a vaccine.
How about data privacy?
According to Apple, participants can control the data types shared with the study. There’s transparency into how the data will be used for the purposes of the study.
What’s in it for users?
With iOS 16 and watchOS 9, the Cycle Tracking app can inform users if their logged cycle history from the previous six months shows a pattern of irregular periods, infrequent periods, prolonged periods, or persistent spotting.
Users are also able to learn about the Cycle Deviation detected. They can then export the last 12 months of their cycle history as a PDF to share with their provider.
By participating in Apple Women’s Health Study, women can actively monitor their cycle and common symptoms.
In this way, participants contribute to a great cause which can create more reproductive health awareness and help other women understand their period cycles better.
Apple Research App and Cycle Tracking is available on App Store.
Everything new with Apple Fitness+ this January 2023
New workouts, collections, and songs
Starting January 9, Apple Fitness+ users will enjoy more new offerings, from new workouts and trainers to new songs from Beyoncé.
Apple’s subscription-based fitness and wellness service has introduced a new total-body cardio Kickboxing workout under Fitness+.
Users can choose from 10-, 20-, or 30-minute-long variations which will be led by Jaime-Ray Hartshorne and Nez Dally.
In addition to the two new trainers, Brian Cochrane and Jenn Lau have been added to lead HIIT and Strength workouts, respectively.
Another new theme under Meditation, Sleep, has been launched, joining other themes like Calm, Gratitude, Resilience, and Creativity.
Sleep will consist of four 20-minute meditations that conclude with five minutes of relaxing music.
Everywhere else, Time to Walk gets new episodes, while two more Collections have been added to the Fitness+ roster: 6 Weeks to Restart Your Fitness and Level Up Your Core Training.
Lastly, Artist Spotlight will feature new music from Beyoncé, including songs from her latest album RENAISSANCE. These will be available across Cycling, Dance, HIIT, Pilates, Strength, Treadmill, and Yoga exercises.
Succeeding Beyoncé in the next two weeks are Foo Fighters (January 16) and Bad Bunny (January 23).
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