Field Notes: mHealth, Sleep, Healthy Snacking

We love this week’s Field Notes! in the mHealth arena, Apple reportedly has got a brand new ‘doctor’s’bag.’ Meanwhile, it appears that losing Zs may impact fitness outcomes. Can healthy snacking help?!

mHealth: An Apple a Day

Having access to medical care may now be as simple as wearing a watch. The latest mobile health solutions enable doctors to securely access patient information using many of the latest devices. Medical News Today recently provided a case study featuring the Medopad mobile health operating system (mHOS™).  Examples of how the system seamlessly capitalizes on available technology in hospitals and medical practices include the ability to use Apple Watch to manage patient chemotherapy, a Google Glass app surgeons wear during surgery to consult with other specialists or for training purposes, and integration with Apple’s HealthKit and other 3rd party health applications.  The old adage of “an Apple a day keeps the doctor away” will now turn into “an Apple a day keeps the doctor close to you every day.”


Catching Zs for a Better Workout

It’s not news that Americans don’t get enough sleep. While the NIH and CDC recommend 7-8 hours of sleep per night, one-third of Americans get less. But why does that impact your gym workout and results? The Washington Post cites that the “deep sleep” phase is when the body’s tissues repair and the body fully recovers. In the article, sports medicine doctor, John Broussard, admonishes “You have to get into all the stages of sleep in the proper sequence to get those restorative benefits.” Because most people have disrupted sleep or less sleep than advised, our motor skills and cognitive performance are impacted. Companies marketing products and services in the fitness and wellness arena need to deliver content supportive of proper rest along with specific activity and health advice, for customers to see optimal results. mHealth apps might be a way into the sleep minds of consumers to optimize outcomes.

Better Sleep, Better Workout


‘Healthy Snacking?’ Know Your Customer!

On-the-go consumers are always seeking a quick way to grab a small meal or snack at varying points throughout their day. The definition of snack foods has grown beyond traditional savory or salty snacks, and nuts and seeds, to include meat snacks, popcorn, fruit-based snacks, as well as finger foods and hors d’oeuvres. With this in mind, Nutraceuticals World reports that nearly 40% of global snack launches recorded in the 12 months to the end of June 2015 were positioned on a health platform of some kind, rising to more than 72% in the U.S. Knowing your customer – are they interested in convenience vs. nutrition, do they have specific dietary needs or restrictions, are they family purchasers — and understanding their journey to product purchase – will help marketers to build a loyal customer base.  Critical too in this expansive, competitive market will be having the goods – nutrition and satisfying taste — along with smart content to back up your health claims.

Healthy Snacking

Source: NPD Group, 5 Eating Trends Through 2018]