The challenge
Kent State University (KSU) of Ohio was looking for a low cost way to motivate their employees to be healthier and more active. Their belief was that new fitness devices may be an easy way to keep track of an individuals’ activity electronically and use the data to make wellness decisions. They recruited nearly 900 KSU faculty and students to participate in a study to try to get people moving more. KSU chose DHS Group’s HealthSpective Engage platform and Movband devices because of their low-cost device options and the ability to manage multiple users and administer challenges within the Engage software. Today, the university continues to use Engage as part of their wellness initiatives for more active and healthy employees.

Key benefits

  • 72% engagement rate (industry average for employee fitness programs is 21% according to the RAND Employer Survey, 2012)
  • Participation increased 70% from 2014 to 2015
  • The university Doctor at KSU was able to use the data to see the impact of exercise intervention
  • Increased employee engagement, simply and affordably
  • Easy implementation and ability to manage multiple users and challenges
  • Regular exercise improved health in participants

“I have had Rheumatoid Arthritis since November 2000. I have been to ten doctors and I currently still see two as needed for treatment. I was miserable. Exercising is making me stronger! This is exactly what my doctors told me to do but I could not get to this point. I am so excited to see where I will be at the end of this session and praying there is another session that will become permanent.”

- Participant in the Engage Challenge