DAILYENDORPHIN BLOG

Introducing DE’s “Maintain, Don’t Gain” Holiday Challenge!

Greetings Endorphers! It’s hard to believe, but the holidays are nearly upon us.  We know that maintaining our current weight during this busy time period is a whole lot easier with the right tools and with the support of one’s social networks. How Does it Work? The challenge “group admin” can review the key details and FAQ
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Introducing DailyEndorphin’s Summer Challenge Promotion!

Happy spring Daily Endorphers!  It’s hard to believe, but summer is nearly upon us.  In celebration of that fact, why not motivate and support your colleagues, friends and family in one or more of our wellness challenges, but at a generous discount? Go to our summer promotion challenges page today to review all of the details
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DailyEndorphin Launches New Challenge Reporting Export Features!

We’ve heard from many of our clients and leads loud and clear! Challenge “group admins” would like to be able to run and export your own “custom reports” to excel.  Now any of your paid “groups” can do just that at your “group admin” tab.  We’ve also added the ability for admins to be able to print out the full
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Study Finds “Downstream” Wellness Activities More Cost Effective

A recent NBER study cited at Plan Sponsor has revealed that employers may want to achieve a different goal, and in the process likely spend less money doing so, on company wellness programs. From the article, first the not so rosy results: The researchers conclude that the rapidly diminishing effect of wellness incentives implies that increasing
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DailyEndorphin Announces Changes to its “Freemium” Service

Greetings Endorphers! Effective immediately, DailyEndorphin’s freemium service has been changed to reflect the following: (1) Our free challenges offering will now be up to one-week in duration and 10 registered participants (user seats). (2) For any step challenge and lifestyle challenge that includes the steps metric, all free challenge participants may now sync up with one of
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DailyEndorphin Launches New “Custom Enterprise” Option

Greetings Endorphers! We’ve heard some of our clients and leads loud and clear. You prefer a flexible, robust solution that’s “customizable”, yet doesn’t break the bank. DailyEndorphin is pleased to announce our new “Custom Enterprise” wellness management solution. This new option can contain any/all of the following and potentially more once we’ve nailed down the
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DailyEndorphin Expands Fitness Device & App Syncing Capabilities

DailyEndorphin is pleased to announce expanded fitness device and app capabilities with our solution to now include Apple HealthKit, Apple Watch and Google Fit. On our steps or lifestyle challenges that include the steps metric, users on paid DE memberships may now sync up their DE accounts with any of the following fitness devices or
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DailyEndorphin Announces Pricing Changes

Greetings Endorphers! Please note that effectively immediately, DailyEndorphin has changed its pricing on our “weekly challenges only” option to 75 cents/registered user/week. Pricing on our annual membership (12 months), which includes full access to setting up and/or joining unlimited challenges, as well as access to our wellness program management module (which includes our new easy,
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DailyEndorphin Launches “5-Minute” Health Survey

DailyEndorphin is pleased to announce the launch of our new health survey as part of our uber flexible wellness programming module. Now any DE annual member clients and their group members may take our very short, focused health survey in about 5 minutes time. Then the DE “group admin” can report on the group’s results
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DailyEndorphin Launches Expanded Integration with Popular Fitness Devices & Mobile Apps

Denver, CO (PRWEB) September 08, 2016 DailyEndorphin is pleased to announce that all challenge participants who use a fitness device or free mobile app from the list below can now sync up real-time with their DE user accounts while registered in a paid steps or lifestyle challenge. This key new feature, currently at no additional
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DailyEndorphin Set to Launch Integration with Many More Popular Fitness Devices & Apps

As many of you loyal DE users already know, earlier this year we launched our integration with all Fitbit manufactured devices. Users on paid challenge memberships may now sync up your Fitbit device to any of our step challenges or health challenge (“lifestyle challenge”) options that include the steps metric. DE is pleased to announce that
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Common Pitfalls of Company Wellness Programs

A very timely article appeared in CIO.com recently about the The 7 Pitfalls of Company Wellness Programs . We at DE believe it’s a must read for our clients and non-clients alike who are running an employee wellness program or thinking of starting one. Here is a key excerpt from the article on communications that is
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Purchase Your Fitbit Devices through DailyEndorphin

Greetings Endorphers! We are pleased to announce that all DE clients may now purchase their Fitbit devices on behalf of your group through us oftentimes at discounted rates. The extent of that discount will depending on number and type of devices needed for your DE wellness challenge(s). Please contact us today at support@dailyendorphin.com for more
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DailyEndorphin Adds Personal Goal Tool Feature!

Greetings Endorphers! DE is pleased to announce that the launch of our new personal goal tool feature as an additional component to our wellness challenge platform. Now the group admin may set a personal goal on behalf of all challenge participants, allowing everyone to earn additional “bonus” points for reaching that goal during a challenge.
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DailyEndorphin Adds Steps Component to Lifestyle Challenge with Fitbit Syncing Feature

DE is pleased to announce that steps may now be added by the challenge “group admin” to our lifestyle challenge. What’s even better is that those users participating in a paid DE lifestyle challenge that includes the steps data point may now sync up any Fitbit device to the challenge.
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DailyEndorphin Launches Integration with Fitbit

We are pleased to announce that all DailyEndorphin challenge participants who wear any Fitbit device can now sync up real-time with your DE user accounts while registered in step challenge. This key new feature, at no additional cost to our current pricing, combines the power and administrative control of DailyEndorphin team or individual-based wellness challenge
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DailyEndorphin Group Admin “Tip of the Day” – Assigning Group Admin Rights to Others

Now that the New Year is upon us, looking for a way to empower your colleagues and engage them more in your employee wellness programs? Why not assign “group admin” rights to others in your DE group and allow those colleagues to set up and run their own mini DE challenges with anyone in the
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DailyEndorphin Launches Fitbit Integration with its Challenge Platform

We are pleased to announce a soft launch (beta) of its integration that allows those challenge participants who wear a Fitbit device to sync real-time with your user accounts while registered in a DE step challenge. Simply wear your device, periodically open your Fitbit app and your daily steps data will automatically upload into your
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DailyEndorphin “Tip of the Day” – Setting up New Challenges at your Group Admin Page

Greetings Endorphers! Today’s DE challenge group admin “tip of the day” is setting up new challenges under an existing DE “group”. Part of the beauty of our program is how easy it is to set up and manage future challenges after your first one. It’s very easy to do. Follow these short steps: (1) Log
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DailyEndorphin Enhances New Wellness Portal Module

We at DE have some more exciting news to share with our clients. Effective immediately, all annual member clients will also have access to the following features as a part of our wellness portal offering: Participant eligibility file uploads – with this new feature, the group admin may now upload files (via csv or excel)
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Why Convert to DailyEndorphin’s Annual Membership?

Greetings Endorphers! We hope everyone is enjoying the summer season thus far.  The following are just a few reminders of some of the recent feature additions that make our annual membership option the best value on the market today: Wellness portal module access – Set up, run, and report on many components of its wellness
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DailyEndorphin Launches New Wellness Portal Module

Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) June 03, 2015 DailyEndorphin is pleased to announce the launch of its new wellness “events” programming module. With this highly configurable new offering, DE’s annual clients may now set up, run, and report on many components of its wellness events programming, including participant goals & incentives for the entire year as a
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New Study Reveals Improving your Fitness May also Improve your Spouse’s

A recent study by a Tel Aviv researcher has found that the ‘power of couple’ can help get both spouse’s moving more and lead to better health.  The following is a key excerpt from the article, which you can go read in full here: “The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, established by the U.S. Department
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DailyEndorphin “Tip of the Day” – The Group Admin Page

Greetings DE challenge group admins! Looking for ways to maximize your overall experience when setting up and administering your wellness challenges in our highly configurable platform? Look no further. The whole power of our program and key to your DE administrative experience is acclimating yourself to your “group admin” tab or page from the middle
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DailyEndorphin Set to Launch Wellness Management Module!

Greetings Endorphers! We at DailyEndorphin have some exciting news for everyone. Later this month we will be adding and integrating a highly configurable, affordable wellness management module into our solution. This additional offering will bring another dimension to our platform and easily allow employers or groups of any size to set up most of your own
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City of Cortez, CO, A DE Mini-Case Study

Happy New Year everyone! A big shout out from DE to the City of Cortez, Colorado on a recent news article about their wellness program and utilization of our platform to promote improved employee health & wellness. Here are a few key excerpts from the article. Cortez Airport technician Efrain Vaquera lost 75 pounds in
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Personalizing Employee Wellness Programs

An article that recently appeared in a Entrepreneur caught our eye. It entails the importance of personalizing employee wellness programs and not just rolling out the standard and often canned cookie cutter “sticks & carrots” approach. The article also stresses the importance of these program being led from the very top of organizations and improving workplace
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Putting a Price Tag on Employee Fitness

An article that recently appeared in Fortune magazine about the importance of companies placing increased emphasis on employee fitness caught our eye. Here are some key excerpts: A new study from the University of Michigan Health Management Research Center offers some encouraging news: Even as little as 10 or 20 minutes of daily exercise can “dramatically”
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What Drives Wellness Program Success?

This is a great question, since every organization’s culture is different, but we at DE believe that simplicity (and focus on engagement first and foremost) is often best, given the budgetary, time, and resource limitations available at companies today for such programs. Benefits Pro, as per the Vitality Group, has a timely article on the
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DailyEndorphin Announces New Challenge Features!

DailyEndorphin is pleased to announce a couple more new challenge features based in large part to our client feedback in making our program the most configurable on the market today. Custom Nutrition & Wellness Parameters The first new feature involves the ability for the challenge “group” admin to set up your own custom nutrition and/or
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DailyEndorphin Challenge “Tip of the Day” – Shuffling Teams Mid Challenge

Greetings Daily Endorphers! Are you in the middle of a DE wellness challenge and want to mix things up a bit so that those who are way behind have a chance to win or be more competitive until the end? Here’s a little DE program secret for you: our program is configured to allow the
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DailyEndorphin Challenge “Tip of the Day” – Assigning Group Admin Rights to Others

Greetings Daily Endorphers! Our challenge tip of the day is assigning challenge “group admin” rights to others in your DE “group”. Why would you even want to do this, you ask? You may want to have others help you actively or passively administer challenges or you may just want to allow those people to start
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DailyEndorphin Announces Launch of iOS & Android Mobile Apps to its “DIY” Wellness Challenge Platform

Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) April 08, 2014 DailyEndorphin is pleased to announce the launch of our Android and iOS (Apple) smartphone apps! Both apps are a free value-add to our overall service and best utilized in conjunction with our highly flexible, affordable, “DIY” group fitness challenge app. Because DE is all about simplicity, the first version
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Physical Activity Trackers Not the Magic Bullet

Simplicity is better.  Affordable is also better. So is motivation and social support in groups.  Ditto the ability to configure things to your liking.  We at DE already know this, which is why we do all of the above and have thus far treaded lightly on the fitness device integration front (although we will offer
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DailyEndorphin Announces New Challenge Features!

DailyEndorphin is excited to announce a few new key wrinkles to our challenge platform. They include the following: Challenge Participant “Change Teams” Now DE challenge participants can switch to another team themselves if the wish to do so. All the challenge “group” admin has to do is check the “Allow participants to change teams” box
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Study links higher BMI to Increased Healthcare Costs in Groups

A new study detailed on Voice of America found that increased higher BMI is linked to increased healthcare costs, some of which are pretty significant. The following are a couple of excerpts from the article: Measuring costs related to doctors’ visits and prescriptions, the researchers observed that the prevalence of obesity-related diseases increased gradually across
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New Study Reaffirms the Power of a Daily Exercise Routine

On this Thanksgiving Day eve, a well timed article appeared today in the New York Times summarizing the results of a study conducted that reaffirms DailyEndorphin’s main mantra, the power of a daily bout of exercise. The study basically finds that a daily regimen of exercise, even amidst periods of overeating (which we don’t advise
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Should Finance (not HR) Run Your Employee Wellness Program?

That’s the title and one of the main themes of a recent article which appeared in Quartz.  It puts forth some hard questions about portions of employee wellness programs that often needlessly drive up health spending and not save money even in the long run.  Here is an excerpt regarding the value of HRA’s from
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DailyEndorphin Launches New “One-Click” Challenges

In keeping with our mantra of user-friendliness & simplicity, DailyEndorphin is proud to announce our new “one-click” challenge option.  Once you have set up your personal DE user account and group or organization information, this option allows you to easily set up any  one of our challenges in less than a minute’s time using our
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DailyEndorphin Unveils Its New “DIY” Interface & Pricing

We at DailyEndorphin are proud to launch our new front-end interface, which should make it easier and quicker for users to set up and start your wellness challenges with others on your own! As a part of this rollout, we have also tweaked our pricing model a bit so that you may now run your DE
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The “Lean, Startup” Approach to Company Wellness Programs

Guest wellness blogger Vlad Geyster at Employee Benefit News had a post that caught our eye recently.  Although his premise is that employee wellness programs are generally worth less than what many wellness professionals claim, he does admit they are still well worth offering on many levels in the workplace.  Here is the key excerpt from
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Affordable Care Act to Offer Boost to Employee Wellness Programs

For those companies looking for a spark to start or boost its employee wellness program, we came across an article that recently appeared in HartfordBusiness.com that might be right up your alley.  It discusses the potentially positive implications on employee wellness programs.  Here are a few key excerpts from the article: The new rules allow employers
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Tips on Starting Company Wellness Program

HR.BLR.com had a nice post yesterday – 7 Proactive Ways to Approach Wellness in the Workplace – on the keys to starting a company wellness program  To sum things up, keeping things simple, at least at the beginning, namely starting small and working towards bigger things, is the key.  Here is a key excerpt from
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New Wellness Program Incentives Rules Under the Affordable Care Act

Our friends over at Wellness Corporate Solutions have released a succinct, yet informative, guide on how to navigate the new wellness program incentives rules under the Affordable Care Act. Go check it out when you get the chance. Please be sure to also review the new rules released by the federal government on June 3, 2013
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Study Questions Accuracy of Some Fitness Devices

Just how accurate are fitness devices anyway?  The results were mixed, according to a recent study of three such devices detailed in the New York Times. Here are a few key excerpts from the article: All three of the devices accurately measured energy expenditure when the volunteers walked briskly, Dr. Meckes and his colleagues found;
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Introducing DE’s New “Conference Captain” Feature

DE is pleased to announce the launch of its new “conference captain” feature to our program, which makes administering larger DE wellness challenges easier than ever.  Now when utilizing our sports league-style “conferences” (and “divisions”) feature, any of the main group administrators may assign administrative rights to anyone it wishes to help administer specific conferences
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Moving Towards Outcome-based Wellness Incentives

Stumbled across a thought-provoking article in the Employee Benefit News earlier today regarding how to get the best bang for one’s buck utilizing employee wellness incentives. Here are a few excerpts from the article: …the wellness industry is moving toward an outcomes-based incentive model that measures health outcomes such as tobacco use, BMI, cholesterol, blood
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Is the Obsession over Wellness Program ROI Overdone?

At least that’s the message conveyed by a recent blog post, written by Health Shackleford, which appeared in Employee Benefits News.  We at DailyEndorphin tend to agree with its main premise: Wellness is about more than reducing health care costs. It’s about creating massive value for organizations. Some might suggest this is stretching reality a
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DailyEndorphin and Tufts Health Plan Team Up on Employer Wellness Programs

MINNEAPOLIS, April 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Beginning this spring, Tufts Health Plan will deliver a simple and configurable wellness solution to selected employers who are offering group wellness challenges to their employees.  A branded web application through DailyEndorphin will allow Tufts Health Plan’s clients to administer a variety of team fitness and wellness challenges throughout
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Introducing DailyEndorphin’s New Group Admin Challenge Manual

Greetings Daily Endorphers! I’m pleased to release our new comprehensive challenge group administrator manual for your ongoing use and reference.  This document should help make it super easy to start and administer your own “DIY” fitness or wellness challenge with colleagues, friends, or family. You may continually access this manual in your group admin page
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Study Links Loss of Sleep to Weight Gain

Is getting a consistent good night’s sleep one of the best ways to maintain a healthy weight over time?  A recent study discussed in the New York Times which found that people generally eat more, along with worse foods, and at the wrong times, to compensate for that loss of sleep, found compelling evidence that
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Forcing Ethics Onto the Food Industry

Former food industry executive Michael Mudd has some interesting ideas on how to force ethics (and real change) onto the food industry in this past weekend’s Sunday New York Times.  Here is a key excerpt from the Op Ed: The industry is guilty because it knew what the consequences of its actions might be. Large
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Study Finds Link Between Obesity & Emails Within Social Networks in Workplace

An interesting study recently posted at CBS News found an important social link between obesity and emails in the workplace that could help provide some meaningful clues on how to tackle this issue more effectively utilizing social networks at employers in disseminating healthy information.  Here are some key excerpts: A study of workplace emails found
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Are Retailer Labels Underestimating Calorie Content of Many Foods?

Here is one that jumped off that page at us the other day that has significant implications, if true, and reinforces the argument that counting calories as we know it may be a waste of time.  A new study, discussed in a recent article at The Guardian revealed that many food retailers are underestimating the
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What are Long Term Effects on Life Expectancy from Smoking?

10 years.  At least that’s what a new study detailed in a recent New York times article revealed.  Read that again.  10 years, a whole decade of one’s life.  If that doesn’t get your attention that smoking is literally one of the worst things one can do from a health standpoint, some of these excerpts
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Is the Recent Cultural Focus on Body Weight & BMI Misplaced?

A recent study and couple of new articles assert that society’s recent focus on body weight and BMI might be somewhat misplaced.  The first article, Study Suggests Lower Mortality Risk for People Deemed to Be Overweight, that appeared in the NY Times discusses a recent study that suggests there may be a lower mortality risk
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Study Finds Regular Exercise May Add Years to One’s Life

The findings of this study is no surprise to anyone here at DE, but we thought it was noteworthy enough to post here.  The following is a key excerpt from a recent HealthDay News article that discusses some of its highlights: Study author Ian Janssen, an associate professor who studies physical activity at Queen’s University in Ontario,
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A Fresh New Twist on the use of Workplace Wellness Incentives?

An article that recently appeared in the Employee Benefit News caught our eye.  It discusses the merits of turning wellness incentives structures on its head and rewarding employees with the actual incentives up front with the caveat that they’ll be taken away later if certain goals aren’t met. Here are a few excerpts from the article
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Is it Time to Reframe the Benefits of Exercise?

At least that’s the question an article in the New York Times asks while discussing some recent studies in this area.  It says that we need to reframe the message about exercise and its many benefits and focus mostly on the many immediate benefits of exercises instead of the usual suspects like weight loss and
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Do Fitness Devices Alone Really Help Change Long Term Health Habits?

An article in the most recent Sunday NYTimes caught my eye.  The author describe DE’s suspicions about many fitness devices in her recent less than stellar experiences with one fitness device in particular.  It also goes on to highlight the many flaws in relying on such often expensive, easy to lose, devices to help trigger
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