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2011 Top Product Winner: Keas Health Challenge

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Sunday, October 2, 2011
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What It Is: Described as a "social game," the Keas Health Challenge is designed to get employees to take their well-being more seriously through quizzes, challenges and the promise of a cash prize. The product encourages players (employees) to engage in three simple, manageable health actions (such as getting eight hours of sleep each night for a week) and team up with other players into groups of six in order to amass the most points in a given companywide challenge. Players can also see a live news feed of updates from teammates and others in the organization from their own profile page, as well as comment and share advice on health challenges. The price for companies with more than 1,000 employees is approximately $30 per user per year; for companies with fewer than 1,000 employees, a fixed-fee pricing model of between $5,000 and $10,000 is used.

Why We Like It: We truly enjoy the simple and easy-to-use format that the Facebook-style layout affords users. And while other wellness programs may drown users in choices and options, Keas' offering focuses on fewer moving parts in order to increase usage, which can lead to increased engagement levels for workers and, in turn, better health results. Through the creation of teams of self-selected co-workers, users will be more likely to stick to their own goals as well as encourage their teammates to reach theirs. And while we're big fans of the "gamification" movement and the increased accessibility for users it brings with it, we appreciate the way the site helps users balance the time they spend on the Health Challenge with their regular workloads through its energy-bar feature.

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