Category Archives: Startups

6 Tips to Incorporate Volunteerism In Your Workplace

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Health and wellness in the workplace is top of mind for us at WellnessFX – after all, the workplace is where you spend 36% of your day, it makes sense to optimize there so that you can also live the other 64% to the fullest.

We’ve discussed creating a culture of health, and how to create a more active workspace, and today we visit volunteerism as a contributor of good health in – and outside of – the workplace. Continue reading

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

Good Food for a Great Cause: WellnessFX at the Ronald McDonald House of San Francisco

(L-R) Christine, Courtney, Angela, Jeremy, Madeleine, Jing

(L-R) Christine, Courtney, Angela, Jeremy, Madeleine, Jing

When it comes to the holistic approach to health and wellness, there are many pieces in play: physical, emotional, and mental. When it comes to having healthier employees, a recent Harris poll reported the strong link between volunteering and better physical, mental and emotional health:

  • 76% of respondents said that they have felt physically healthier as a result of volunteering.
  • 94% of respondents reported that volunteering has improved their mood.
  • 78% of respondents report that volunteering lowers their levels of stress.

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The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

The WellnessFX Story

As WellnessFX membership continues to grow, and as we roll out new packages like the deep-diving, comprehensive Premium Panel, it’s important to stop, retrace our steps, and take a look back at our company’s roots.

We’ve seen amazing results as WellnessFX has expanded the definition of healthcare, unblocking access to important data and helping people take control of their health. Through WellnessFX, our members have received tailored results, advice, and priceless knowledge, all on their own time and their own schedules. And with our mobile app, they have access to their personal biology anytime, anywhere.

Learn more and get an insider’s view of the cutting-edge offices located in the Mission District of San Francisco, where the staff members—from the office manager, to the engineers, to the CEO—don’t just talk the talk, but live a lifestyle that truly encourages wellness.

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

WellnessFX at Work—Connecting with Keas

measure_improveWith our passion for preventative health care, WellnessFX is constantly on the lookout for other companies with similar missions and goals. Jim Kean, our founder and CEO, recently met with the people at Keas, an innovative corporate wellness program built to increase employee engagement.

Taking note that employee lifestyle issues often lead to poor health, and that company healthcare costs are skyrocketing as a result, Keas has developed a revolutionary product to help improve the state of employee health. The Keas team operates around the belief that engaging people around common, meaningful goals is the key to successfully changing their behavior. Continue reading

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

Be Your Best Self: 20 Apps for Wellness

 

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breezi_placeit-1Maintaining a healthy lifestyle becomes harder and harder in our increasingly busy lives. And in the age of mobile devices, everything seems even more sped up.

For the last couple days of WellnessFX’s Be Your Best Self Pledge, we’re challenging you to use these gadgets to your health advantage. Turn your procrastination-station or work-a-holic generator into a tool for longevity, energy, and overall health.

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The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

Win Time with Tim: One More Week Only!!!

There is only one more week to win 30 minutes to speak with Tim Ferriss about your next big idea or current fitness goal. Enter today to win on our Facebook page. We’ve reposted the original article from Tech Cocktail by Zach Davis on why Tim is promoting the contest and working with WellnessFX. 

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When he isn’t winning the Chinese National Kickboxing Championship, obtaining the Guinness World Record in tango, guest lecturing at Princeton, learning to speak a new language (currently fluent in five), or writing a pair of #1 New York Times bestselling books (The 4 Hour Workweek and The 4 Hour Body), Tim Ferriss finds time to lend his expertise as an advisor to a variety of startups.

His latest advisory role is with San Francisco-based WellnessFX, a health diagnostics startup focusing on preventative medicine. WellnessFX works as a four step (not to be confused with hour) program:

  1. A medical professional visits your home or workplace to take a blood draw.  The test screens for more than 75 values (compared to fewer than 15 in most common blood tests).
  2. After the results from your blood tests are returned, you’ll receive a 30-minute consultation with your physician or specialist.
  3. You and your practitioner will work together to build a personalized health plan based upon your data, lifestyle and goals.
  4. Track results, revise, and repeat.

In an effort to drum up excitement, Ferriss is offering thirty minutes of his time to council winners of a contest held on the WellnessFX Facebook page.  Winners can choose to take Ferriss’ advisement on growing their business or improving their personal wellness.

Enter WellnessFX contest to “Win Time with Tim”

I caught up with Ferriss to learn more about the similarities between personal wellness and growing a business, the biggest mistake people make in regards to their health, his top advice to entrepreneurs, and his role with WellnessFX.

Tech Cocktail:  What are the greatest similarities between growing a business and improving wellness? What qualities or habits are necessary to both?

Tim Ferriss: They both require measuring what matters, as Warren Buffett would say. Good metrics and trending are key. Both are neglected in business and health. Moving from pageviews to MAU (monthly active users), or from total cholesterol to hemoglobin A1C and triglycerides, is the starting point for everything else.

Tech Cocktail:  What is the biggest mistake people make in regards to their health? Are there any schools of thought or widely adopted health practices that you feel are actually counter-productive to people’s goals of losing weight or improving their health?

Ferriss: First, people try to do too much at once. Really small changes have cumulatively bigger impacts. Following Stanford researcher BJ Fogg’s lead, don’t start with flossing your whole mouth each night (most people will fail), but start with flossing 1-2 teeth. Let it snowball from there. Second, people use exercise to lose fat. It’s a losing battle – you lose pounds in kitchen (many of my readers have now lost 120+ pounds) and only ounces in the gym. You don’t need to restrict calories, but you do need to choose the right foods.

Tech Cocktail:  Have you had any new revelations or ‘Aha!’ moments regarding health/exercise/nutrition since the release of  The 4 Hour Body? 

Ferriss: I’m repeatedly stunned by how most “diet gurus” – which I’m not – treat their readers like complete idiots. I wrote The 4-Hour Body assuming my audience was intelligent, and they’ve stepped up to the plate without any problem: 120-150 pounds of fat loss in 6 months, running 50-mile races with no prior running experience, etc. There are thousands of examples. The dumbing down of instruction is really insulting. Sure, there are dummies, but the majority of people like details if you make them interesting.

Tech Cocktail:  What is the most important piece of advice you offer to aspiring entrepreneurs?

Ferriss: You are the average of the 4-5 people you associate with most. Pick your partners, employees, investors, etc. very, very carefully.

Tech Cocktail:  Can you tell us more about your involvement with WellnessFX? What about their service inspired you to get involved?

Ferriss:  I’m an advisor to WellnessFX, which means that I work with them on everything from product design (which blood tests to include, the web-based dashboard, etc.) to scaling nationwide. Jim [Kean], the CEO, got me hooked because they’re developing all the next-generation diagnostics I want to use! They have access to some of the best scientists in the world. Since I do blood testing every four weeks or so, and suggest people do so at least every 3 months, it was a perfect fit. I’m scratching my own itch.

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.