COUNTRY/LOCALITY/COVERAGE : A smartphone app-based programme that has been activated by more than 415 000 people in South Africa.
TARGET POPULATION : Adult members of Vitality, a health promotion and disease prevention programme linked to medical and life insurance plans.
WHAT MODES/TYPES/DOMAINS OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY DOES THE PROGRAMME PROMOTE? The Vitality Active Rewards (VAR) programme promotes, facilitates and incentivises all modes of physical activity, including walking, gym-based activities such as yoga, aerobics, aqua-aerobics; social walking and running programmes; and endurance events such as marathons, cycle races and triathlons.
WHICH OF THE SEVEN BEST INVESTMENTS THE PROGRAMME ADDRESSES?
The VAR programme encourages active transport (investment 3), community-wide programmes involving multiple settings and sectors and that mobilise and integrate community engagement and resources (investment 6) and sports systems and programmes that promote ‘sport for all’ and encourage participation across the life span (investment 7).
WHAT SECTORS DOES IT INVOLVE? The programme is offered to members who subscribe to a private life insurance or health insurance policy offered by Discovery.
Estimated programme reach. the VAR app has been downloaded by approximately 415 000 adult members of Vitality in South Africa who have an Apple or Android smartphone. Vitality (and VAR) is also offered by various insurers in numerous countries across the world.
WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT THIS PROGRAMME? Drawing on insights from behavioural economics, sports science and social marketing, the programme integrates the latest advances in digital and wearable technology with a range of distinctive options to encourage physical activity. Using rewards from a range of partner companies as incentives, the programme has potential for successful physical activity behaviour change.
Becker, John V.W.; Van der Merwe, Marina M.; Van Brummelen, A.C. (Anna Catharina); Pillay, Pamisha; Crampton, Bridget Genevieve; Mmutlane, Edwin M.; Parkinson, Chris; Van Heerden, Fanie R.; Crouch, Neil R.; Smith, Peter J.; Mancama, Dalu; Maharaj, Vinesh J.(BioMed Central, 2011)
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