Respect is often what it boils down to. Chris Cartter, a 59-year-old Cheshire, Conn., native who runs the Boston health care software firm MeYou Health, hasn’t had a single engineer quit in the company’s five-year history. He attributes this in part to a culture where each employee is valued and not expected to pull “caffeine-fueled pizza-driven weekends and all nighters.” At regular catered lunch meetings to demonstrate products, positive feedback is the norm.
A study published yesterday in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine showed that Daily Challenge measurably improves the well-being of participants. After measuring well-being improvement among more than 1,500 participants, Daily Challenge was found to improve well-being within 30 days and maintain the improvement over 90 days, especially for members who were more socially engaged within the product.
MeYou Health markets Daily Challenge, a program that rewards members for completing one small health-related task per day, such as “take the salt shaker off your kitchen table,” or “swing an imaginary hula hoop 10 times to the right, then 10 times to the left.” Users can connect with their friends for support on Facebook and Twitter, and win rewards typically seen in videogames, such as tokens that can be used to “unlock” premium health-related content.
MeYou Health announces a major milestone — users of Daily Challenge, the company's flagship product, have officially completed 5 million small actions for better well-being!
Less than 2 years old, Daily Challenge has already grown to 230,000 members. And each challenges represents 1 small, healthy activity that everyone can do to improve well-being.
Of the achievement, Trapper Markelz, MeYou Health's Head of Product, said, "Each small action is the opportunity to tell a story. It is this collective storytelling and sharing that has become the most amazing part of Daily Challenge. Each day we see the genuine challenges and amazing successes bubbling out of the community. It can be both inspiring and heartbreaking every single day."
And it's more than just diet and exercise. Daily Challenge members receive helpful nudges to help improve emotional health, access to a healthy environment, workplace wellness, life assessment and planning, healthy behaviors, and physical health as well.
One of Blue Shield's new programs, The Daily Challenge from MeYou Health, is similar to Shape Up Shield, in that it uses social media, including Facebook, to make wellness fun. But instead of confining itself to physical exercise, it gives participants a series of individually tailored Daily Challenges, [Bryce] Williams noted.
You can’t throw a rock in this town without hitting a self-tracking startup. ... Daily Challenge from South End–based MeYou Health sends you e-mails and texts that help you set tiny goals each day.
Regardless of the issues one may want to improve, all can agree that actually taking the steps towards a goal is the hardest part. MeYouHealth may have created one of the most relevant and feasible ways to create a better you.
If you're contemplating an eHealth intervention, new research suggests you're better off doing it with a friend.
Medical health experts from from MeYou Health, a company set on improving daily personal well-being, discovered that web-based interventions done with friends have more success than those pursued alone.
MeYou Health's first scientific paper is published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research—
A friend on Facebook suggested David Statler check out a website that might appeal to his fitness and wellness interests.
MeYouHealth's Daily Challenge program intrigued him. If he signed up - for free - he'd get a daily email suggesting one small thing he could do to improve his well-being. "It didn't seem overly complicated," he said. "The challenges were simple, not overly done."
Ready to commit to a healthier lifestyle but don't know where to start? Sign up for the Daily Challenge web app (no smartphone needed!). Every day at 7 a.m. you'll be emailed a specific task, along with how to do it, and why it will boost your health...
Read the full mention in the March 2012 print edition of Woman's Day, page 26.
Daily Challenge is a free web game that sends you an e-mail each morning with a fun challenge. These challenges are small, attainable action related to healthy living that you can do within 24 hours.
Don't worry these challenges aren't always exercise goals. You may take on a stress relieving task or a healthy food goal.
[Michael Duerr] said the MeYou Health website is a great opportunity for people who want to set daily goals and reach them with support from others. He said his toughest challenges so far have involved dealing with issues from his past. There are tracks on the website where you can focus on certain areas like that. Self-esteem or time management or self improvement are just some of the areas you can focus on, Duerr said.
[General Manager Chris] Cartter works for a Boston company called MeYou Health, which is cranking out these well-being apps for the iPhone. Largely the games use a concept of small action--little by little a specific goal is approached.