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Evidation Highlights
April 22, 2024

Decoding hypertension: a deep dive into your personalized hypertension insight

2 minutes

Many factors contribute to the development and management of high blood pressure (hypertension). Learn more about how your lifestyle factors may impact the development of high blood pressure with personalized insights on Evidation.

Hypertension, commonly known as high blood pressure, is a significant health concern that affects over a billion globally. As a leading risk factor for heart disease and stroke, which are among the primary causes of death in the United States, understanding and managing high blood pressure is crucial for long-term health and well-being. 

High blood pressure develops over time and is often linked to a combination of genetic predisposition and lifestyle factors. It's called the "silent killer" because it can be asymptomatic for years, making awareness and early detection vital. Regular monitoring of blood pressure is essential for early intervention and management. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides comprehensive resources that define high blood pressure and its causes, and that emphasize the importance of measuring and monitoring blood pressure.

Interpreting your personal health data

At Evidation, we harness the power of personal health data to shed light on the modifiable factors (things you can change!) that may contribute to developing high blood pressure. By analyzing responses from your health surveys along with your wearable data – such as alcohol usage, smoking history, activities, and sleep patterns – we can identify key lifestyle patterns that may influence your blood pressure.

Example hypertension insight on Evidation. Showing risk factors and where this member falls according to guidance.

The image above represents a range of health and lifestyle factors, and where you might fall compared to official guidance from the CDC and the American Heart Association (AHA) for managing high blood pressure or improving cardiovascular health. 

The blue bars stretching towards the right of the center line show where you are compared to the recommended range. These factors may have a positive influence on your blood pressure. For instance, if you sleep 9 hours per night on average, you’re well into the recommended range of more than 7 hours of sleep per night, which can help keep your blood pressure in a healthy range.

The red bars that don’t extend beyond the center line indicate areas for improvement. If, for example, your aerobic minutes are less than 150 minutes per week on average, the red bar suggests that a beneficial change would be to increase your physical activity, in particular your aerobic minutes (for example, by spending more time doing moderate exercises, like brisk walking, biking, or mowing the lawn). Increasing your physical activity may lead to an improvement in cardiovascular health and may improve hypertension prevention and management.

The path forward

Our goal at Evidation is to empower individuals with actionable insights. By understanding where you stand, you can take informed steps to maintain the positive behaviors and address the areas where change could lead to better health outcomes.

Monitoring personal health data is a proactive step towards understanding and mitigating the risks associated with hypertension. By focusing on modifiable lifestyle factors, we can work towards prevention and improved health. For more information on how to manage and prevent high blood pressure, visit the CDC's High Blood Pressure page.

Get your hypertension insight on Evidation

New to Evidation and want to see insights like this? Be sure to connect your fitness apps or wearable devices. Learn how here

Not yet part of the Evidation community? Download the app today to unlock personalized health insights.

Evidation Highlights
March 22, 2024

Optimize your physical health with these 5 metrics from Evidation

4 minutes

Evidation provides health insights based on your activity level, stress level, sleep, mental wellness, and more

Information is key when it comes to figuring out how you can take your physical health to the next level. At Evidation, our team is proud to offer you the tools necessary to track and analyze your health-related data, using your personal metrics to provide recommendations, information, and suggestions that allow you to make informed decisions that support your well-being.

Evidation's health monitoring capabilities

Using the Evidation app is simple—we're here to help you understand the health data you're already tracking, and reward you for actions that support your health.

We start by asking your permission to utilize the data you're already tracking through apps like Fitbit or Apple Health. Our app will then ask you questions to help us learn more about you and your goals, as well as offer surveys and articles tailored to your personal health needs. With your permission, we'll use your data both to provide you with information and suggested action steps that will support your health, as well connect you with opportunities to contribute to research that supports the development of modern medicine.

Key metrics for physical health optimization

In today's age of information overload, it can be tough to figure out what health information actually matters. At Evidation, we're here to provide you with the support that you need to make the most of your health data. Here, we'll take a look at the metrics that are most important for you to keep track of in order to optimize your health.

Role of activity tracking in health improvement

We all know that it's recommended that we get 10,000 steps a day, and using a step tracker is a great way to encourage yourself to increase your activity. At Evidation, our activity tracking allows you to see the ways that movement is improving your health.

New research shows that people who receive prompts to keep up with physical activity took an average of over 800 steps more than people who did not receive similar prompts.

Keeping track of your activity throughout the day and week can help you pinpoint the times when you're less active, which may make it easier to find ways to add more activity to your day, according to Harvard Health.

Sleep data for better physical health

Understanding your sleep data can provide you with the insight you need to get better rest. Most sleep trackers can tell you how much time you're spending in each stage of sleep, helping you to understand how your energy levels are affected by the time you spend asleep each night.

Tracking your sleep data can also provide your health care provider with valuable information in the event that you're experiencing difficulty sleeping. While sleep trackers don't take the place of a sleep study, they can work to help your doctor determine whether it's possible that you're experiencing abnormal sleep disturbances.

Sleep trackers can also help you to maintain good sleep hygiene, as you can get crystal-clear data on the time you go to bed each night and wake up each morning. This can help take away the temptation to put off going to bed or to scroll on your phone once you lie down.

Stress levels and their impact on well-being

Stress can affect all systems in your body, and understanding how your stress levels fluctuate can help you learn more about how to use stress management techniques to support your health.

Tracking your stress levels can help you see if your stress is related to particular situations, as well as whether your stress levels could become a health concern. Stress that isn't managed well can lead to several health issues, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

Nutrition tracking and its influence on physical health

Life is hectic, and it can be tough to stay on top of your daily nutrition habits. Simply tracking what you eat—even if you're not making any changes to your normal routine—can help you spot connections between your food and your health.

Nutrition tracking can also help you learn more about what foods help you feel your best. You may find that you have your best workouts after eating a complex carbohydrate-heavy meal, or you may find that eating a large amount of protein right before you go to sleep makes it harder for you to get a restful night’s sleep. Many people are surprised to find that tracking their nutrition makes it easier for them to understand other aspects of their health.

Mental wellness metrics for holistic health improvement

It can be easy to forget to check in with yourself throughout the day, but doing so is important in understanding how your habits and activities are affecting your mental health. Evidation regularly asks you simple questions about your mood and well-being. By taking a second or two to tap an answer, you'll be well on your way to learning more about how your activities—from exercise to sleep and everything in between—positively or negatively affect your mental health.

The information gathered from tracking your mood can help provide your mental health care provider with valuable insight into how you're coping with stress, as well as how different activities affect your well-being. You may find it helpful to pull up your mood tracker during therapy sessions, as this can provide you with clues as to how you and your care provider can work together to support your mental health.

Evidation: Here to help you live your healthiest life

The Evidation app takes the information you're already tracking and puts it to good use, helping you to understand how your daily habits and actions affect your health. Click here to learn more about how Evidation works and download the app today.

Evidation Highlights
March 18, 2024

New week over week changes insights: steps and resting heart rate

2 minutes

We’re introducing a new insights feature: week over week changes. Members will now receive weekly insights when Evidation observes a significant change in your weekly step count or average resting heart rate.

Often it’s interesting to know how your body and behavior change over time. That’s why we’re introducing a new insights feature: week over week changes. Beginning next week, members will receive weekly insights when Evidation observes a significant change in your weekly step count or average resting heart rate.

How it works

If you connect a wearable device to Evidation and give us permission to analyze your data, we’ll analyze your daily steps and resting heart rate data each week to determine if there was a notable change between last week and the week prior. In this case a “notable” change means at least a 20% change in your average daily step count. For resting heart rate, notable means at least a 5 beat per minute change in your average daily resting heart rate.

How do I interpret my week over week changes?

Example of insight showing average heart rate and changes over time
Example: week over week heart rate insight
Example insight showing step counts and changes over time
Example: week over week step count insight

How do I get my week over week change alerts

In order to receive week over week change insights you’ll need to do the following:

  1. Use a wearable device that logs either steps or heart rate (or both!) and connect it to the Evidation app. Make sure you enable sharing of steps and heart rate data when you connect your device.

Learn more about pairing connected devices here

  1. Wear your device at least 6 days per week. We need enough data on a weekly basis in order to accurately detect meaningful changes.

How often will I get my week over week change alerts?

You’ll receive weekly alerts if you wore your device enough during the week, have your device connected, and we detect a meaningful change. If you do not receive an insight and have your device connected, it means we didn’t find any significant changes in your steps or resting heart rate. 

Health insights on Evidation

We’re constantly adding new insight types to help our members learn more about their health and take control of their health journey. Keep a look out for additional insight types coming soon. 

Interested in seeing insights like this, but don’t have a device connected yet, Find out which devices are compatible with Evidation and how you can pair your device here

Don’t yet have the Evidation app? Download now on iOS or android. 

Evidation Highlights
March 6, 2024

Sleep debt insights on Evidation

3 minutes

Introducing sleep debt insights. Track your sleep debt and improve your sleep patterns with Evidation. Learn more.

Evidation Members tell us they love seeing insights in the app such as how their sleep and mood are connected or how their mood or sleep impacts their activity levels. So we’re always working to provide new and valuable health insights for our members.

To that end, we’re kicking off an exciting new project… 8 new insight types in 8 weeks!

Here, we’ll dive into the first of these new insights — sleep debt! Keep an eye out for more insight types coming soon.

What is sleep debt?

At a high level, sleep debt is just a measure of how much you sleep compared to how much you ideally should sleep. 

There are two kinds of sleep debt: 

  • long term sleep debt that you accumulate over months and years, and 
  • short term sleep debt that you accrue over days and weeks. 

Both are important, but the measurement we provide members focuses on short term sleep debt — specifically sleep debt calculated over the last 14 days.

Learn more about sleep debt and the associated risks here

How Evidation tracks your sleep debt

Here’s the overview of how Evidation calculates sleep debt:

  1. First we estimate your “ideal” nightly sleep duration based on sleep data logged on your sleep tracker. This number is personalized to you, but for almost everyone this number will be between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night.
  2. We then look at your actual sleep duration over the past 14 days. For each day, we take the difference between your ideal sleep and your actual sleep to calculate a daily sleep debt score.
  3. The daily sleep debt scores are then adjusted to account for the fact that recent sleep debt is more impactful than sleep debt you accrued far in the past. For example, sleeping only 2 hours last night will make you feel terrible today if you’re used to consistently sleeping 8 hours each night, but if you had a night where you slept 2 hours a week ago, it would impact you far less today, assuming the other nights you slept your usual 8 hours. 
  4. Finally, we take the adjusted daily sleep debt values and sum them up over the last two weeks. This is your total short term sleep debt.

How do I interpret my sleep debt score?

The graph you’ll see in the evidation app shows four different pieces of information:

  1. Your daily sleep duration over the past week
  2. Your ideal sleep duration (the dotted horizontal line)
  3. Your daily sleep debt (the red bars that are stacked on top of your daily sleep duration on days you slept less than your ideal sleep duration)
  4. Your total sleep debt calculated as discussed above (the final red bar)

How do I get my sleep debt score?

In order to receive a sleep debt score you must do the following:

  1. Use a wearable device that logs sleep and connect it to the Evidation platform. Make sure you enable sharing of sleep data when you connect your device.
  2. Wear your device while you sleep as often as possible. In order to receive your sleep debt score, we need at least 10 days of sleep data every two weeks. Too few data points will make our calculations inaccurate.

How often will I get my sleep debt score?

For now, you’ll see your sleep debt score weekly. In the future, we’ll begin updating your sleep score daily so you can better track your score over time. Knowing your sleep debt score makes it possible to take steps to improve your sleep and get the rest you need to feel your best.

Get sleep debt insights with Evidation

Want to receive sleep debt insights and other valuable health metrics? Be sure to download Evidation and connect a health-tracking app today!

Evidation Highlights
March 4, 2024

Discover what members say about health research at Evidation!

2 minutes

Did you know that Evidation connects members with exciting clinical trial opportunities? Join our community to contribute and shape the future of medicine.

Did you know that Evidation connects members with exciting clinical trial opportunities? Join our community to contribute your everyday health data and shape the future of medicine.

At Evidation, we believe in the power of real-life experiences to improve healthcare. That's why we partner with various organizations to offer clinical trials in areas like diabetes, migraine, and more, allowing our members to share their insights on new treatments and health challenges.

However, in a recent survey on our app, only 44% of Evidation Members were aware of these opportunities.

Unlocking health insights: our clinical trial series

To bridge this gap, we launched a comprehensive 3-part clinical trial series in June 2023:

  1. Assessing Knowledge: We gauged our members' understanding of clinical trials through a survey.
  2. Educational Journey: Engaging videos, images, and blog posts were shared to enlighten members about clinical trials.
  3. Knowledge Boost: A follow-up quiz measured the impact of our educational content on members' understanding.

Insights from our community

Here are some key findings from the survey:

  • Only 28% of members felt "very familiar" or "extremely familiar" with clinical trials.
  • Surprisingly, 61% expressed willingness to participate in future clinical trials.
  • Educational content significantly improved members' understanding of clinical trial processes and eligibility criteria.

Want to see the data for yourself? Check out this community results post for a more in-depth look at what our members had to say.

Tailoring trials to your lifestyle

We understand the importance of convenience in participation. That's why we offer virtual trials, allowing you to contribute from the comfort of your home. In fact, over two-thirds of our members prefer virtual trials over in-person ones.

Join the Evidation community

Ready to embark on your health journey with Evidation?

  • Download our app now to earn points for your daily health activities.
  • Gain insights into your health trends and receive personalized content.
  • Participate in virtual trials and contribute to groundbreaking research from anywhere.

Our commitment to you

Rest assured, your privacy and data security are our top priorities. We never share your personal information without your consent and ensure transparency in all our practices. Learn more about our privacy practices here

Join almost five million members today!

Become a part of our growing community and make a difference in healthcare!

Evidation Highlights
March 1, 2024

Community results - how Evidation Members feel about participating in health research

6 minutes

Discover how Evidation Members are learning about and contributing to health research.

Did you know that Evidation helps match members with relevant clinical trial opportunities? 

At Evidation, we believe that contributing everyday health data to clinical trials is important to determine how well new medicines and other treatments work in real life. When solely developed and assessed in highly controlled research settings, treatments might not fit well within our often chaotic lives, especially when we’re not feeling well. 

That’s why we’ve partnered with multiple organizations to provide clinical trial opportunities in areas such as diabetes, migraine, and influenza-like illnesses, so our members can provide information about their real-life experiences with their health or a new treatment.

Yet, only 44% of Evidation Members reported being aware of these opportunities in a recent survey on our app.

Clinical trials on the Evidation app

To better understand this gap in awareness, we wanted to explore how much our members know about clinical trials in general. We thought that sharing educational information about clinical trials with our members could increase knowledge and the likelihood that someone might participate in a trial with Evidation and beyond. 

Therefore, in June 2023, we launched a 3-part clinical trial series in our app:

  1. We shared a survey to measure our members’ knowledge about clinical trials.
  2. Educational content was provided using videos, images and graphics, and blog posts.
  3. We asked members to complete a quiz to see if the educational content in Part 2 increased their knowledge about clinical trials.

Almost 7,000 of our members responded to the initial survey. Some of the results are described below.

Part 1: Knowledge about clinical trials

Only 28% of Evidation Members reported being “very familiar” or “extremely familiar” with clinical trials. So, if you feel like you know very little about clinical trials, you’re not alone!

Quick fact: What is a clinical trial?

Clinical trials look at new and different ways to prevent, detect, or treat disease. Scientists, doctors, and other specialists work with members of the public to determine if a new or improved medicine, vaccine, or other treatment works and is safe for people to use. To do this, they carefully plan the clinical trial, which is reviewed by an independent group of experts, and follow strict rules to make sure everything is done safely, ethically, and fairly. Specialized agencies, such as the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), review the final results to make sure that the new treatment is, in fact, safe and works well before the public can use it.

In addition:

61% of members reported being “likely” or “very likely” to participate in a clinical trial in the future if given the opportunity.

48% of members reported being “likely” or “very likely” to refer a friend or family member for a clinical trial

We found it interesting that, although not many of our members know much about clinical trials, they still view trials in a positive light. 

We performed additional analysis to see if there are differences in the willingness to participate in a clinical trial by age and type of neighborhood. It’s often thought that older adults and people living in rural areas might find it more difficult to participate in clinical trials, and this analysis allowed us to explore the attitudes toward clinical trials for these groups.

Age

In all age groups, most people reported not being “very familiar” or “extremely familiar” with clinical trials. 

Despite low levels of familiarity, most people in all age groups also believed that participation in clinical trials is important, especially Baby Boomers. 

More than one-half of each age group also reported they would join a clinical trial in the future, led again by Baby Boomers, who reported the greatest likelihood.

Quick fact: Where are clinical trials run?

Evaluations and activities for clinical trials can be performed in different locations. For example, they could be completed:

  • In person at a clinic.
  • By a nurse in your house.
  • Online or in an app on your phone or computer.

When all evaluations have to be completed in person, we call that an “in-person” trial. “Virtual” trials allow you to complete all evaluations at home, and “hybrid” trials use a combination of “in-person” and “virtual” assessments. Virtual or hybrid trials are typically considered to be more convenient because they require less travel and time away from work, family, and other responsibilities.

To determine which type of clinical trial (in-person or virtual) our members prefer, we asked: 

“Imagine that Evidation notified you that you may be eligible for a clinical trial. Please rate how likely you would be to complete the eligibility screener in each of the following scenarios.” 

An “eligibility screener” is a questionnaire used to determine if you meet the requirements to take part in a trial. For example:

  • The trial might be only for a specific health condition or disease, like diabetes or heart disease.
  • You might have to currently be non-medicated for that condition.
  • You might also have to be experiencing symptoms at a certain frequency or severity.

Over two-thirds of all age groups said they were “likely” or “very likely” to participate in a virtual trial, compared with only one-quarter to one-third of members for in-person trials.

Neighborhood

Our members living in small towns or micropolitan areas were less familiar with clinical trials than those living in metropolitan areas.

Members in all neighborhood types were more likely to participate in a virtual trial than an in-person trial. Specifically, there were about 8 times more people who would “very likely” participate in a virtual trial than an in-person trial. This was true even among rural and small town members who can find it challenging to participate in clinical trials because of their distance from a research center.

Part 2: Educational content about clinical trials

Shortly after completing the initial survey, we delivered educational content about clinical trials to members. The educational content and more were presented in cards like these on our app during Part 2:

Part 3: The effect of education on knowledge about clinical trials

After reviewing the educational material in Part 2, our members’ knowledge about clinical trials improved, including:

Quick fact: Who can participate in clinical trials?

Some clinical trials focus on a specific disease or condition, while others are interested in testing the safety and effectiveness of, for example, a vaccine for everyone (healthy volunteers).

What does this information tell us?

This type of information from our members helps us understand how we can continuously improve the materials we share in our app. For example, we saw that clinical trials are generally viewed favorably by members, but a lack of knowledge about clinical trials and what’s expected might contribute to limited involvement. In addition, although the education in the app slightly improved knowledge, there is more we can do to help our members understand this topic better. 

One additional learning for us was that most of our members would be more likely to participate in a virtual trial, where all study activities can be done at home. Did you know that Evidation offers many opportunities to participate in virtual trials? Look out for new recruitment offers from Evidation to see if you qualify for our upcoming studies!

Interested in joining our community to learn more about how you can participate in health research? Download the Evidation app today!

Evidation Highlights
January 3, 2024

Happiness and its relationship with health

4 minutes

Happiness is increasingly recognized as an important part of overall health. Find out how happy Evidation Members are and what impact it has on their health.

We recently asked our members about their level of happiness: “All things considered, how happy would you say you are?” More than 93,000 people from all 50 states answered, telling us that:

  • 53% were “Very happy”
  • 17% were “Happy”
  • 20% answered “Neutral”
  • 10% were “Not very happy” or “Not at all happy”

With 70%, or more than 65,000, of our members saying they were very happy or happy, we thought we’d dig into what this means and share our insights here.

Happiness is increasingly recognized as an important part of overall health. March 20 has been the official International Day of Happiness for the last 10 years, a day that recognizes happiness as “a fundamental human goal” and encourages countries around the world to consider happiness in their public policies. The United Nations also issues its annual “World Happiness Report” on that day. In the 2023 report, Finland was considered the happiest country in the world for the sixth year in a row!

What does it mean to be “happy"?

The simple dictionary definition of happiness is a “state of well-being and contentment,” but as you can imagine, having a sense of well-being and contentment can mean different things for different people. What you consider important for your well-being, and therefore happiness, is probably not the same as your partner, your parents, your neighbors, or your friends.

For the World Happiness Report, the United Nations takes into account 14 different physical and mental health items, including our relationships with our family, at work, and in the community, as well as the amount of social support we feel that we receive, satisfaction with our work situation, and the amount of personal freedom we believe we have.

Researchers specializing in happiness also suggest that happiness is made up of many different aspects of our life, including our:

  • Feelings of joy, pleasure, and cheerfulness
  • Sense of purpose in life
  • Satisfaction with our quality of life

The researchers drew this diagram to show how different factors contribute to our happiness:

Steptoe A. Happiness and Health. Annual Review of Public Health 2019;40(1):339-359

What did we find out about happiness in the Evidation community?

When we look at the diagram above, it’s clear that happiness is affected by many different parts of our lives, some that we can control and others that we can’t. To look at some of the traits of our Evidation community that influenced their happiness, we used the answers about happiness we reported at the beginning of this article and linked those with where our members live (by zip code), the size of their cities or towns, and their relationship status.

We found that the five happiest states were:

  1. Kentucky
  2. Arkansas
  3. Mississippi
  4. Louisiana
  5. Utah

Interestingly, four of the five states are located in the Southeast. 

  • People in Kentucky were more likely to be married or living with partners (74%) than people in California (60%) or New York (58%), who reported lower levels of happiness. 
  • People in Kentucky were more likely to live in smaller towns and rural areas. 
  • For people in the Southeastern states, happiness generally was higher in more rural neighborhoods.
  • Compared with people living in the Southeast, people in California and Montana (who were not as happy) said they were less likely to receive or provide help or support from people close to them.

How does happiness affect health and vice versa?

Now that we’ve looked at what can affect our levels of happiness, what does that have to do with our health? It’s not really an easy question to answer because of how complex both happiness and health are, but research over the last couple of decades has shed light on ways that being happier or having greater well-being can be positive for health, including:

Some of the findings we had from the Evidation community might be related to how connected we are to the people around us, regardless of how many people there are. Having close relationships has also been linked to greater happiness and a longer lifespan in a long-term study. Positive social relations can also improve your ability to overcome stress and maintain a positive outlook.

It’s for these reasons that the United Nations and other global organizations emphasize the importance of a population’s happiness in government planning.

What are some actions you can take to improve your well-being and happiness?

Each of us can also take actions to improve our own levels of happiness and therefore our health. Not every action needs to be large. In fact, results from a study called BIG JOY showed that micro-acts or small actions performed every day had a big impact on emotional well-being (life satisfaction, happy feelings, meaning in life), positive emotions, enhancing relationships, and improving sleep. Below are some suggestions for ways you can add to your well-being.

Enhance your social support network by reaching out to friends, family, and coworkers or joining a professional organization, sports club, church group, book club, or other group-based activity.

Perform selfless acts for others by volunteering at a local organization, helping a stranger in need, or donating money to your favorite charity.

Fit in some physical activity by taking a walk, parking further away at the grocery store, joining a fitness class, or dancing to your favorite song.

Spend time in nature by eating your lunch outside, sitting on a bench in your local park, or joining a guided hike.

These are just a few examples of ways research has shown can enhance well-being — try one, many, or all and find others that fit into your life and bring you joy.

Want to receive personalized health insights? Complete cards daily in the Evidation app and, if you haven’t already, connect a compatible health app. 

Don’t yet have an Evidation account? Download the app today!

Evidation Highlights
August 16, 2023

Nurturing health and well-being: How Evidation's rewards and information motivate positive change

4 minutes

With access to real insights and statistics from their own physical activity, Evidation Members are empowered and motivated to keep going, make intentional decisions that impact their well-being, and pursue an overall healthy lifestyle.

For many people, signing up for one of the many health and wellness apps on the market is one step in a long journey towards setting themselves up for lifelong healthy habits and choices.

Because so many of these apps and programs fail to engage with their users on a personal level, Evidation set out to be different in this regard. In order to increase engagement, boost member participation, and authentically nurture and promote healthy habits from the start, Evidation’s creators wanted to curate a different user experience in every possible way.

Evidation’s commitment to nurturing members’ health and well-being is rooted in everything we do. We leverage powerful forms of motivation to achieve this; incentive-based rewards and a wealth of knowledge and information set our members up for success from the first time they open the app.

Let’s explore how these pillars are the foundation of our goals as a healthy company and what Evidation Members can expect to gain from this approach to living a healthy, sustainable lifestyle.

The power of incentives & how Evidation rewards help members

The psychology behind human motivation explains that humans are not designed to be passive creatures. It’s rooted in our core as humans to strive and yearn for things out of our reach, to set out on a journey to new limits, and to discover what we can achieve.

Evidation springboards off this idea of motivation by offering members cash-based incentives by collecting points for daily activities. People can collect points everyday by tracking exercise, completing surveys, and participating in health monitoring events (like tracking sleep, weight, and the food you eat). 

While some Evidation Members may already be exercising and eating healthy, the incentives to add other beneficial actions to their day are rooted in the motivation to collect more points.

The more healthy choices you make each day, the more points you can collect. The more points collected, the quicker you can cash out and receive a cash payment or gift card. Points are simple to find on the Evidation app; once logged in, the total points count is prominently displayed at the top of the home screen.

By promoting positive behaviors and choices through the Evidation app, we’re changing the way people look at health and wellness. As members continue to make positive changes regularly, the impact becomes more significant.

They may have a better understanding of their sleep patterns or caloric intake, and they can make adjustments as they see fit. Or maybe the health information they’ve been reading about in the app has taught them something valuable about their own health conditions.

We’re leveraging motivation from within a person’s core to challenge and change their lives... and they make a little cash along the way. What’s better than that?

We believe in empowering through knowledge and education

The phrase “Knowledge is power” is one that Evidation is most passionate about, and it’s how we encourage our members to make impactful changes in their lives.

Evidation Members are prompted to answer questions and respond to surveys regarding their mental health, sleep, physical activity, mood, and more when using the app. Over time, we compare the responses against their activity data and then share these insights with members.

This data reveals helpful, relevant information about health patterns and behaviors in their daily lives and empowers them to continue making positive changes. Think about any potential changes you could make if you had the information and resources to fill in the gaps. Evidation aims to help our members make small but impactful changes based on the information they’ve provided.

With access to real insights and statistics from their own physical activity, Evidation Members are empowered and motivated to utilize this knowledge to keep going, make intentional decisions that impact their well-being, and pursue an overall healthy lifestyle.

Minor adjustments can lead to significant lifestyle improvements. Getting started is the first step in the journey, and Evidation is there every step of the way.

Why cultivating a supportive community matters

Many factors contribute to a healthy lifestyle, from eating a well-balanced diet to getting regular physical exercise and taking care of your mental health, just to name a few.

Additionally, having a supportive community plays a very significant role in any person’s health journey, regardless of if they’re just getting started or have been actively pursuing their health for many years.

Community offers connection, support, involvement, and a feeling of togetherness that human beings need. When people feel like they have a safe space where they are accepted and belong, it can positively affect their physical and mental health.

In order to provide valuable insights to the Evidation community, we aggregate and share member insights from various check-ins, which people can participate in within the app. These include daily mood, sleep quality, steps taken, and much more. Members can understand how other people feel around specific time periods, like the holidays, or their average amount of nightly sleep and how it impacts energy and mood.   

In doing so, more members are encouraged to meet their goals, try new things, and make healthy, inspired choices on a daily basis. Being lifted up by a community of like-minded individuals is not only inspiring, but it can motivate change in everyone involved.

Nurturing our members’ health and well-being

Providing relevant, informative data and empowering people to take control of their health is the cornerstone of Evidation and exists in everything we do.

As we continue to evolve and develop new features in the platform, there are so many opportunities for more personalized and impactful health experiences for members.

From providing personalized health data and insights to participating in exciting health-related research and clinical studies, our members’ well-being is at the forefront of everything we do.

Through activity tracking, collecting points, and community insights, the Evidation app can help improve people’s lives by empowering healthy choices and simple changes. By keeping track of their health and wellness, members learn how a healthy lifestyle can improve their lives and, ultimately, commit to staying on track to achieve their goals.

Keep track of your health - download the Evidation app today.

Evidation Highlights
June 12, 2023

Neuroticism and Your Health

3 minutes

We each have a unique personality. Research suggests our personality traits may impact our health. Learn more about tendencies toward anxiety and depression can impact overall health and wellbeing.

Many researchers generally agree that personality is made up of 5 unique traits: 

  • Conscientiousness (organization, productiveness, responsibility)
  • Extraversion (sociability, assertiveness; its opposite is Introversion)
  • Agreeableness (compassion, respectfulness, trust in others)
  • Openness (intellectual curiosity and creative imagination)
  • Neuroticism (tendencies toward anxiety and depression)

Some people may have very high or low levels of any single trait, but most of us fall somewhere in-between.

What is neuroticism?

Neuroticism is a broad personality trait that describes how much a person may experience difficult emotions, such as guilt, sadness, or anxiety. 

  • Those with high levels of neuroticism may be more likely to experience emotions such as moodiness and worry. They may also be more likely to experience self-consciousness or shyness, or to think of certain situations as threatening. 
  • Those with low levels of neuroticism may be less likely to experience negative emotions, and might tend to experience more balanced feelings and reactions during stressful situations. Low scorers may also experience a lot of optimism and resilience. 

Why does neuroticism matter for health?

The relationship between neuroticism and physical health is complicated. In general, high neuroticism may be related to more disease and worse self-reported health. 

However, people who are high in neuroticism may also be more likely to notice and report symptoms than people who are low in neuroticism. Basically, it’s unclear whether people with high neuroticism might actually have worse health or are more likely to report their symptoms. 

When looking at more concrete measures of health such as how long a person lives, the research is mixed. Just like with some of the other personality traits, it’s likely that any level of neuroticism is health-protective in some situations, and risky in others.

Although research has found that neuroticism relates to mental and physical health, having a low or high score doesn’t necessarily mean someone will have poor health. No matter what level of neuroticism a person has, they can use what research has uncovered about personality and health to improve their well-being. 

We recently offered our members the opportunity to take a survey to see where they fall on the spectrum for neuroticism. If you’re an Evidation Member who took the survey and received your neuroticism results, read on to understand what a high or low score may mean for your health. If you’re not a member and want to see results like these, download the Evidation app.

I scored high on neuroticism. What could this mean for my health?

If you tend to experience high levels of stress and worry, take a moment to think about how you deal with those emotions. If your ways of dealing with stress could harm your health, consider replacing those behaviors with new methods of stress relief, such as: 

  • Going for walks
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Calling a trusted friend 

However, if you cope with stress with healthy amounts of exercise and leaning on social support, you may be less likely to experience some of the negative health effects of high neuroticism.

And remember–being high in neuroticism is different from being diagnosed with an affective disorder such as major depressive disorder. Though you may be more likely to experience unsettling emotions, it is not a diagnosis.

If you feel as though your emotions are preventing you from enjoying your life, talk to your healthcare provider. 

I scored low on neuroticism. What could this mean for my health?

Interestingly, being worry-free doesn’t mean you’re in the clear. Some research suggests that individuals who are low in neuroticism may be less likely to seek medical attention when experiencing symptoms. 

Make sure you keep up with your doctors’ appointments and have a healthcare provider investigate any new symptoms you may be experiencing. 

Want to receive more personalized health insights? Complete cards daily in the Evidation app and, if you haven’t already, connect a compatible health app. 

Don’t yet have an Evidation account? Download the app today!

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