Apple partners with Singapore to encourage fitness with Apple Watch


Screenshot from a video showing how Lumi Health will work.

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Apple is working with the Singapore government to help citizens move forward and lead a healthy life with an Apple Watch.

The two-year program is the first of its kind, Apple said, because the government is offering financial rewards to people engaging in healthy behavior.

Residents require an Apple Watch to participate, and the program is administered through an iPhone app called LumiHealth, which will go live on the App Store in October. They can then sign up to earn outright prizes of up to $ 380 Singapore dollars – for activities such as meditation, walks, swimming, better quality sleep, as well as public health work such as receiving vaccinations. Once a Kovid-19 vaccine is made available, the app can strip them of vaccinations.

Participants can also sign up for wellness challenges and sports created by doctors and fitness experts. Assigned tasks are based on demographic factors, such as age, gender, and weight, so super athletes will not compete against those who are just starting out with health and fitness.

It is the first country in Singapore to launch such a program with Apple Watch. In the United States, Apple is working with private insurers, such as Aetna, on health-tracking initiatives, but has not yet initiated any arrangements with the federal government.

Singapore provides universal health care for its 5.6 million citizens through a mixed financial system where public insurance programs cover large bills from hospital care. Patients still pay premiums, co-insurance and co-pays for some medical care.

This is not the first time Singapore has invested in programs to encourage people to get healthier, theoretically to save costs down the line. The country announced a deal with Fitbit in August of 2019, then hinted at working with other “technology innovators”.

Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Kate said, “Even as we all around the world are dealing with the challenges of COVID-19, we must keep investing in our future. And any investment better than our own personal health Is not. ” , in a statement. “This partnership between Singapore and Apple will enable Singaporeans to lead healthier lives, but equally important, it will contribute valuable insights to improve people’s health worldwide.”

Myoung Cha, an Apple Health executive who spearheaded the initiative, said the company had done something with the Singapore government to do something that they felt citizens would actually use. “It was co-designed to encourage Singaporean healthy habits through the power of gamification and the Apple Watch”, he told CNBC.

correction: Participants in the study can earn up to $ 380 Singapore dollars per year.

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