Congratulations! You live in interesting times.

After a contentious confirmation process, President Trump’s new Secretary of Health and Human Services is now in his first week on the job. Said Secretary of Health and Human Services, Tom Price, is tasked with his party’s stated mission to “repeal and replace Obamacare.” That raises a few questions about the future of healthcare in the United States, to say the least.

What now?
How will the healthcare industry react?
Most importantly, how will this affect you and your organization?

There are rumors. There are a dozen competing proposals. And there is no clear line of sight on what will happen next. This uncertainty is exacerbated by the administration’s passion for abrupt and disruptive change. In fact, Trump’s own campaign promises would suggest that action is imminent:


But for all of the current examples of groups, companies, and individuals scrambling to adjust to new rules, it appears that healthcare is one category in which we’ll have more time to prepare and read the tea-leaves. Fast forwarding to now, Trump recently had this to say to Fox News about the timeline for “repeal and replace:”

“I would like to say by the end of the year at least the rudiments, but we should have something within the year and the following year.”

It appears (at least for now) that businesses will have the opportunity to watch Washington for signs of things to come and make deliberate, forward-thinking decisions. In the meantime, however, isn’t it time for your group to focus on proactively improving health and wellness?

According to the CDC, chronic disease accounts for 70% of US deaths and 86% healthcare costs – and these are conditions that can be drastically mitigated simply by 1) not smoking and 2) walking on most days.

When your team is ready to literally begin taking control of their lives, consider A Step Ahead Walking Challenges for the gold-standard in Corporate Wellness.

To alleviate stress and anxiety at work try 30 seconds of desk-side low intensity activity each hour. 10 chair squats 8 times a day can raise your heart rate and change your life!


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AMC’s series, The Walking Dead begins new episodes this week and continues to be a cable ratings phenomena. Fans will thrill as human survivors struggle through a zombie-filled wasteland. But for all the heartache and drama the characters endure, at the very least you can say this – they get in a lot of heart-healthy walking.

Human leader, Sheriff Rick Grimes, has hoofed it from sleepy King County, to Atlanta, to Alexandria, meaning he has logged over 800 miles – largely on foot. In fact, assuming he does not get eaten by ghouls, Rick should be in fantastic health!

The Arthritis Foundation lists their 12 greatest benefits of a walking lifestyle which include advantages as far ranging as emotional well being, joint health, and straight up longer life.

If only there was a way to bring that kind of positive change to the people you work with every day… Well actually, there is. And yes, it has zombies.

A Step Ahead: Zombies is the Corporate Walking Challenge where your real-world steps move your video game character away from a horde of rampaging zombies. This “gamified” approach to wellness produces higher participation and completion rates than found in other challenges.

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Don’t go it alone! Walking with a friend or group is more fun and makes you more likely to stick with the program.

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Our modern health epidemic of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease is not a “knowledge problem,” it is a “behavior problem.”

In other words, it is no longer surprising to hear more evidence that the the top causes of death in America are preventable by diet and exercise. That being said, over the last year, a staggering number of research projects have added even more clarity to the conversation.

The New York Times has rounded up some amazing wellness research conclusions from the past year in one excellent article.

In brief…

• Exercise has been shown to produce more “immunity cells” making the active subjects less likely to develop disease.

• Working the body’s muscles, in effect, changes brain cells in ways that increase the number of critical neurons.

Exercise “turns white fat cells brown” – a state where calories are actively burned.

• Running was shown to build up “gut microbes” drive a body towards “lifelong leanness.”

• Exercise of almost any amount may substantially lower risks for depression, muscle wasting, at least 13 types of cancer, and colds.

In spite of these insights, as a culture we already know that “sitting all day is bad and exercising will make us live longer and better.” Yet we are not adjusting our behaviors according.

What will it take to get us to respond? How about $2,500? That is the yearly savings we would see if we walked for 30 minutes most days.

Would you like for your workplace to be more immune; have more neurons; have browner fat; have better gut microbes; be less depressed; have a reduced risk of cancer and colds; and pay less in medical costs?

Then check out our most engaging and enjoyable office step challenges in the business!

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Track Your Activity. Research shows that people who track their activity are much more likely to stay active long term.

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Not that long ago the video game, Pokemon Go!, was hailed as a solution for sedentary behavior and obesity in Americans. Here was a game that was played on mobile phones and where real-world walking helped succeed in the game. Downloads exceeded 100 million. People increased their activity.

Then as quickly as it began, the bottom fell out. Why?

Forbes has now reported on Harvard studies that explain it the dropoff. In a nutshell, this research shows an all-too-predictable pattern. The group studied had a huge initial spike in engagement, which diminished weekly until the 6-week mark, when walking had normalized to pre-game levels.

Forbes offered advice to the game makers…

•First, it has to consistently outcompete other emerging games.

•Secondly, the game has to keep changing.

•Third, other things in your life have to change as well.

We have different advice for you and your employees…

Fitness Interactive Experience has been making employees healthier through video games since 2012 and is continuing to grow at a remarkable rate. Why?

FIX turns the issues that Pokemon Go! struggles with into advantages. Their “Gamified” Corporate Walking Challenges are designed in 6-week “story arcs” that motivate the players, then have cool-down periods until the next 6-week challenge. (Plus FIX’s Walking Challenges have zombies!)

To learn more about FIX’s Wellness success with companies like Coca Cola and Cigna, check out our office step challenges.

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Write It Down! – Research shows you are 42 percent more likely to achieve your goals just by writing them down.

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FIX’s video game approach in Corporate Wellness results in 12x growth.

Launched in 2012, FIX’s expansion into 2017 continues to be disruptive in an otherwise conservative, stagnant and transformative wellness space.

Fitness Interactive Experience (FIX) leaves 2016 celebrating a groundbreaking entry into the wellness market. 12x growth over a two-year period has attracted new investment to FIX, prompting a second round of financing. This funding accelerates FIX’s strategy to bring gamified walking challenges and solutions to corporate wellness. The investment is being used to expand operational capacity and velocity.

FIX announces the hire of Dan Harrison, formerly of CBIZ and Gallagher Benefit Services. “This is an important hire, allowing us to better serve employee benefits consultants and brokers,” said Mike Tinney, FIX’s founder and CEO. “Dan’s role will be to manage our evolution as a service organization to better meet the needs of the consultant and broker market.”

Dan is not the only strategic hire FIX has made to facilitate expansion. FIX is also very pleased to announce the addition of Baddi Sigurdsson, formerly of Zenimax and CCP, as Chief Operations Officer. Baddie will oversee client deployments and operations. Baddi’s experience with all aspects of operations is critical to scaling FIX’s cadence to deploy and meet its growing demand.

FIX’s flagship game, A Step Ahead: Zombies has made huge strides with customer results in 2016. Using an iterative development methodology common in videogame design, FIX has steadily increased engagement and retention in their corporate wellness programs. FIX now engages corporate clients at an engagement rate up to 50% above historical employee engagement levels. Furthermore, FIX’s proprietary predictive data analytics allow them to maintain 80-90% engagement rate of all participants through the duration of the challenges, with many groups exceeding 95%.

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Fitness Interactive Experience (FIX) was founded on the belief that all aspects of life are enhanced by a healthy lifestyle. FIX develops high quality, interactive games that promote health and daily activity in a fun, socially connected environment. Running on the revolutionary UtiliFIT® Activity Engine, FIX’s A Step Ahead™ walking challenges are sweeping the nation and disrupting the traditionally staid corporate wellness industry with their unique mixture of game design, real-world activity tracking and… zombies. Contact Greg.Fountain@fix-fit.com or visit https://astepaheadchallenge.com to learn more.

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“If you put a scale in someone’s bathroom, that doesn’t mean they are going to lose weight,” says Timothy Church, professor of preventative medicine at Pennington Biomedical Research Center at Louisiana State University.

“A fitness tracker isn’t going to tie your running shoes and move your feet… You’ve got to make it fun.”

USA Today recently reviewed several 2016 research studies that show that while people usually make good initial gains when opting to use a fitness tracker, they often back out within a year. There appears to be a gap between monitoring your habits and actually changing them.

The article goes on to elaborate on 4 behaviors that help people find long term success beyond their initial bursts of enthusiasm…

• Get a baseline.

• Set a personal goal.

• Get support.

• Know thyself.

Dr. Church, who is quoted extensively in the article, is the Chief Medical Advisor for Fitness Interactive Experience, who are dedicated to improving lives through the workplace – by “making it fun.”

FIX’s “gamified” corporate walking challenges have unprecedented participation levels and are ideal for companies that have grown tired of traditional wellness programs. For more information check out our office step challenges.

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Set personal wellness targets and build on them gradually to create a string of successes rather than failing to meet an unrealistic goal.

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As the national conversation about physical benefits of sedentary disruption in the workplace continues to unfold, CNN Money reports top executives who are obsessed with other benefits of taking walks during work.

Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, and Jeff Weiner and others are profiled in this article on the relationship between top achievers and taking walks.

“Some of the tech world’s top leaders have long turned to walks — often in the great outdoors — to improve meetings and decisions. Scientific research shows that being active and outdoors actually benefits our brains.”

FIX agrees and has advocated walking challenges for years. Learn more about gamified walking challenges for your staff and leadership here.

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Strengthening your trapezius muscle (the muscle that runs from your shoulders to your neck) can reduce chronic neck pain by up to 80 percent.

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It has begun. Thanksgiving break is over. Everyone is back in the office and and an unprecedented number of homemade treats and confections have come with them.

There are many claims in the media about holiday related weight gain, but Physiology & Behavior – a peer-reviewed scientific journal – has concluded that the average person gains about one pound over the holiday season. They also find that, statistically speaking, that person will never lose that pound.

That may not sound too bad, but year after year the holiday pounds accumulate, leading to a long term pattern that can result in health problems such as obesity, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. The story is even more grim for those already in the clinically overweight category. These adults are shown to take on as much a five pounds of additional weight over the holidays.

We are all aware of the alarming costs that an unhealthy workforce bring to a company. On the flip side, it’s well documented that Wellness Programs improve employee health and offset this expense, so don’t wait until New Years to resolve to make a change in your workplace.

FIX has an array of gamified Corporate Walking Challenges to help get your employees moving both during and after the holidays, including the brand new A Step Ahead: Holiday Hustle.

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People who eat apples, applesauce, or drink apple juice are 27% less likely to develop metabolic syndrome, a combination of health problems that can lead to heart disease and diabetes.

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New research provides objective proof of the positive benefits of using fitness trackers, according to the New York Times.

In fact, a 10-year-long research program has concluded that ongoing use of fitness devices yields a 35% reduction in risk of mortality.

The article includes commentary from Dr. Tim Church, a researcher at Pennington Biomedical Research Center and one of the foremost experts on preventative medicine in the nation, who notes that these findings verify that daily walking can extend your life, and that pedometers are a powerful tool in sticking with a health program. And yet, most people stop wearing fitness trackers within the first 6 months.

This can be a discouraging statistic for companies attempting to improve the overall wellness of their employees – but there is a solution.

Due to his passion on this topic, Dr. Church has taken the role of Chief Medical Adviser with Fitness Interactive Experience. FIX provides gaming platforms which interact with employees’ fitness trackers, effectively turning corporate walking challenges into massive, social video game experiences.

FIX’s gamified Walking Challenges consistently provide companies with notable increases in participation, retention, and results when compared to other wellness efforts. Check out what makes us different from other wellness companies that makes our corporate challenges so effective.

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Research at the University of Rochester shows that video games with a lot of action sequences can sharpen your visual skills by up to 20%.

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By putting their pedometers on everything from puppies, to hamster wheels, to power drills, some people will stop at nothing to cheat in their company walking challenges. Now, at last, the Wall Street Journal exposes the shocking lengths people will go to to fake their healthy activities – and also profiles the men and women who stand ready to stop them.

(Plus there is an adorable video of a puppy running around with a Fitbit on his collar.)

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FIX CEO, Mike Tinney, is among the fitness experts who contribute cheating anecdotes and describes how to keep your walking challenge honest. View the full article here.

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Looking to get some extra steps in? Take walking meetings instead of seated meetings. Not only will you get more steps in, but your meetings will almost certainly be more to-the-point.

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