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Philips launch A New Interactive Fitness Program

is delivering on their commitment to be the leader in health and well-being with the launch of DirectLife, a new customized, interactive fitness program that offers a fun and simple solution to people eager to adopt a more active lifestyle. The DirectLife program was borne out of a desire to directly appeal to the more than 60 percent of the global population who fail to reach the minimum levels of moderate daily physical activity to deliver health benefits, as recommended by the World Health Organization.

DirectLife records a person’s daily movements via a discreet, wearable state-of-the-art Activity Monitor which tracks both the duration and intensity of a user’s daily activity. Information is then easily transferred in one simple step via USB to a personal web page that keeps track of progress against both daily targets and longer term goals. The program offers a number of unique features, including a personal coach to help people set balanced and achievable goals, provide individual feedback and deliver advice on how to make easy changes, some in as little as a few minutes a day.

It is the use of all three mechanisms of support together – monitoring, measuring and motivating through a personal coach – which Philips DirectLife believes will lead to healthier everyday decisions and longer lasting, more active lifestyle change.

Features include:

  • A small, lightweight and waterproof Activity Monitor that records daily movements using 3D digital accelerometer technology
  • Online personal coaches to give that extra push when needed, with expertise in sport science, personal training and behavioral psychology
  • A personal web page that provides stats, tips, activity ideas and allows participants to track themselves amongst family and friends and anonymously against other users
  • A personalized activity plan, with realistic goals
  • Weekly feedback summaries by e-mail

“The DirectLife approach is based on a shift in focus towards a more active everyday life, becoming fit through more consistent activity versus exercise alone,” said Jennifer Dowdeswell, one of the full time Philips DirectLife Coaches with extensive health and fitness experience.

“With DirectLife people learn that being active doesn’t just have to mean a daily gym routine. For most people even adding more activity and movement into their daily lives can make a big difference – such as going for a walk, taking the stairs, or dancing with the kids.”

Philips is also working closely with corporations to highlight how employee health and well-being programs including DirectLife also makes good business sense.

“Leadership in corporations and institutions are recognizing that they need to change the way wellness is addressed,” said Erik de Heus, CEO, Wellness Solutions, Philips Electronics.

“Physical activity is increasingly being seen as the core component of a balanced corporate wellness plan, and DirectLife addresses this significant opportunity with an innovative solution combining the best of smart technology and personalized coaching.”

Increasing employee activity levels offers a number of benefits including:

* A healthier workforce. The Surgeon General’s report states that Americans can substantially improve their health and quality of life by including moderate amounts of physical activity in their daily lives, which leads to a lower risk for coronary heart diseases, diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity.

* Cost Savings. Studies show a cost saving effect from the DirectLife physical activity program. An active workforce is associated with lower levels of absenteeism and health care costs. 27 percent of national healthcare charges for individuals aged 40 or older are associated with physical inactivity, being overweight and obese.

* Increased employee productivity. Physical activity programs in the workplace improve job satisfaction which leads to improved energy levels, employee morale, productivity and job attitude. Regular physical activity also allows daily tasks to be accomplished with greater ease and comfort due to less fatigue.

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