4 Apps for Employee Health and Wellness

This post originally appeared on the American Express OPEN Forum, where Mashableregularly contributes articles about leveraging social media and technology in small business.

Health and wellness are hot topics right now for both businesses and individuals. We all appreciate the importance of the subject, and the responsibility for health and wellness doesn’t solely belong to companies. While businesses are taking ownership of their obligations under the Affordable Care Act, individuals must take responsibility for their own actions as well.

Everyone has to find the wellness program that works best for them because when we like it, we’ll use it. That’s what creates the positive results.

Individuals can take control of their own health on their own, through family activities or corporate programs. Here are four companies offering new and unique ways for people to embrace their personal wellness goals.

1. Stay Accountable With Runtastic

We know it can be easy to talk ourselves out of exercising. The excuses can range from too much work, to exercise just isn’t much fun. Studies show that working with an exercise buddy helps keep a fitness routine on track. Runtastic is an app primarily designed for individuals, and its goal is to make exercising easy and fun while providing people with a way to stay accountable for their own health and fitness needs.

Florian Gschwandtner, CEO and co-founder of Runtastic, explains how the app works, “Our portfolio of apps sync directly with our hardware to measure and track a user’s performance, including distance, speed, pace, time, heart rate, calorie consumption and route traveled (via maps) when running, biking or working out.”

The results can be seen in the app or on the web, including a training log and analysis to compare activities with others. The site is also a fitness community for users to cheer each other on in their fitness endeavors.

Don’t be fooled by their name — Runtastic isn’t only for runners. It offers a wide range of apps including road and mountain biking, walking and winter sports to help individuals meet their personal fitness goals. Gschwandtner says, “Whether you’re a climber, runner, gym rat or soccer mom, there is an app that can help you track, monitor and analyze your activities.”

2. Get Smarter Health Insurance From Maxwell

One company decided to take a holistic approach to wellness. Maxwell Health is the first complete health insurance solution, simplifying the way businesses and families purchase health insurance while helping people become healthier.

Veer Gidwaney, CEO and co-founder of Maxwell Health, describes how their program encourages healthy living and better spending of health care dollars, “Maxwell provides a concierge service to assist members with claims, doctor selections and prescriptions –- saving people time and money.”

The company has a mobile app called Daily Feats, a program that rewards members for healthy living with gift cards from Amazon, iTunes, Starbucks and others. The company collaborates with Cleveland Clinic and Jawbone to offer education resources, custom health content and a fitness and health tracker.

Maxwell is targeting small businesses, startups, entrepreneurs, the self-employed and families who need to buy insurance directly. Gidwaney explains the reason, “We wanted to set a new standard by making health care easy and focusing on people and families, their needs and lifestyles and their increasing desire to take charge of their health.”

3. Collect Personal Fitness Data Easier With FitLinxx

Getting people to wear a fitness wrist band is one thing, but getting them to regularly sync the data is another. After all, it’s the tracking and trending of data that helps us make better health and fitness decisions. FitLinxx has introduced a new product to make syncing easier.

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