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Driving critical behavior change for obesity, hypertension & diabetes

Obesity currently affects four out of 10 Americans, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Obesity is often a cause of multiple comorbidities and chronic medical conditions, including type 2 diabetes, some forms of cancer and heart disease. How do employers drive critical behavior changes that result in biometric improvement?

A one-year study conducted by Virgin Pulse data scientists evaluated the effectiveness of their Homebase for Health platform in driving behavior change and achieving meaningful outcomes. The study involved analyzing biometric data from more than 90,000 members with risk factors related to BMI, blood pressure, or blood glucose.

Virgin Pulse helped employees reduce BMI, blood pressure, and blood glucose

Researchers found that the Homebase for Health platform drove statistically significant reductions in key health indicators for metabolic syndrome.

“Delayed care and preventative screenings continue to affect health outcomes, with 35% of adults aged 18 to 49 and 25% of those aged 50 to 64 postponing care last year. People need help getting back into the doctor and adopting healthier habits – that’s where Virgin Pulse steps in,” said Jeffrey Jacques, MD, chief medical officer for Virgin Pulse. “The study results clearly show the efficacy of Homebase for Health and our approach to creating healthier habits. Our platform and human expertise are driving a sea change in shifting members away from the precursors to heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. We are moving the needle for this country’s major causes of morbidity and mortality.”  

Virgin Pulse delivers cost savings to clients

Virgin Pulse has successfully demonstrated the positive impact of their Homebase for Health® platform on both business and talent metrics. This innovative solution improves employee health, wellbeing, and satisfaction and has a ripple effect on critical factors like absenteeism, safety, productivity, and retention. By addressing metabolic syndrome and its risk factors, Virgin Pulse is not only enhancing the lives of individuals but also offering significant financial benefits for employers.

Companies with active study participants saw $3.17 of VOI per $1 investment annually.  

The impact of healthy habit building

Hear from a Virgin Pulse member how small, daily changes made with the support of the Virgin Pulse platform resulted in meaningful health outcomes to reduce obesity, high blood pressure, and blood glucose risks.

Learn more about Virgin Pulse’s return and value on investment metrics when you access the ROI & VOI Toolkit →