Garmin® announces integration with UnitedHealthcare Motion wellness program, enabling eligible plan participants to earn more than $1,000 in annual rewards
Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today announced the inclusion of the vívosmart® 3 activity tracker1 as a buy-up option into the recently expanded UnitedHealthcare Motion™ wellness program, powered by Qualcomm Life, Inc.
Offered to employers by UnitedHealthcare, a UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) company, UnitedHealthcare Motion is an employer-sponsored, wearable device wellness program that enables people using activity trackers, including the Garmin vívosmart 3, to monitor progress toward daily walking goals. Featuring an ultra-slim design, a hidden display, and helpful fitness and wellness monitoring tools, the vívosmart 3 has been helping users achieve their activity goals since its announcement in April 2017.
UnitedHealthcare Motion Program enhanced by vívosmart 3
UnitedHealthcare Motion uses a set of activity goals called F.I.T., which stands for frequency, intensity and tenacity. The vívosmart 3 enables UnitedHealthcare Motion program participants to earn up to $4 per day by achieving one or more of the following F.I.T. goals:
- Frequency: Complete 500 steps in 7 minutes an hour apart, at least six times per day;
- Intensity: Complete 3,000 steps in 30 minutes, at least once per day; and
- Tenacity: Complete at least 10,000 steps per day.
“Garmin is excited to participate in an innovative program that seeks to improve health outcomes and reduce costs for employers and individuals,” said Cliff Pemble, Garmin president and CEO. “The customized F.I.T. interface is a further example of Garmin’s engineering commitment to providing flexible, frictionless experiences for its users.”
Program participants who wear vívosmart 3 will benefit from high-end fitness monitoring tools like estimated VO2 max and fitness age, all-day stress tracking, and a battery life2 up to 5 days. With a water-rating of 5ATM, the vívosmart 3 is swim and shower safe3. Thanks to Garmin Elevate™ wrist-based heart rate technology, the vívosmart 3 provides 24/7 heart rate monitoring and automatically tracks activity, sleep and more.
Earn financial incentives with vívosmart 3
The UnitedHealthcare Motion program rewards participating eligible employees and dependents for meeting daily walking goals. The recently announced program expansion will enable UnitedHealthcare Motion program participants using a vívosmart 3 to earn more than $1,000 in Health Savings Account (HSA) or Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) credits per year. To date, program participants have collectively walked more than 96 billion steps and earned more than $15 million in financial incentives.
Studies show walking can be an effective way to help improve health outcomes and reduce health care costs. A recent study showed that people who walk less than 2,000 steps per day may have annual medical costs of over $10,000; conversely, those who walk 8,000 or more steps per day may decrease those costs to as low as $3,0004.
“UnitedHealthcare is collaborating with Garmin to enable UnitedHealthcare Motion participants using leading activity trackers to achieve their fitness goals,” said Sam Ho, M.D., chief medical officer of UnitedHealthcare. “Adding Garmin to UnitedHealthcare Motion provides consumers flexibility and choice, which can be important qualities in successful wellness programs.”
The ever-expanding Garmin fitness segment develops technologies to enhance and promote healthy and active lifestyles. Whether users are runners, cyclists, swimmers, multi-sport athletes, or simply looking to stay active throughout the day, there is a Garmin product that can help them reach their health and fitness goals.
For decades, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary business units, including automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation. For more information, visit Garmin's virtual pressroom at garmin.com/newsroom, contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200, or follow us at facebook.com/garmin, twitter.com/garmin, or youtube.com/garmin.
1 See Garmin.com/ataccuracy
2 Under typical use; battery life may vary depending on selected performance mode and usage
3 See Garmin.com/waterrating
4 Savvy Sherpa. Dishman, R. et al. 2013. Physical Activity Epidemiology. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
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