Vitality Lifestyle Assessment uses Firstbeat technology to measure Heart Rate Variability (HRV) to identify and monitor stress, recovery and exercise levels amongst employees, with recommendations and support then provided on health, activity and mental health, by Vitality’s coaches.
The Firstbeat device is worn by those participating in the programme for three days. Vitality’s in-house coaches will then interpret the results and provide a personalised report for the individual and an aggregated report for the organisation.
This includes information on approaches and ways for them to further support their employees based on the results. Progress against this is monitored for a three month period, after which the test is repeated to monitor progress.
Andy Magill, head coach, VitalityHealth said: ‘We have long emphasised the holistic value of looking after health and wellbeing. By joining forces with Firstbeat to use data and interventions together, we are equipped to encourage more people to lead healthy lives.’
Tim Wright of Firstbeat added: ‘At Firstbeat, our ambition is to help every individual reach their health, wellness and performance potential with science-backed confidence. Partnering with VitalityHealth – an organisation that share our passion for holistic wellbeing – is an exciting opportunity to do exactly that.’
Founded in 2002 and headquartered in Jyväskylä, Finland, Firstbeat Technologies is a sports and wellness technology company that uses physiological data to create personalised guidance on exercise, stress, sleep and recovery.
This is the latest service to be introduced through a partnership by Vitality.
In October, the private medical insurer collaborated with virtual psychology clinic, My Online Therapy to provide mental health treatments such as cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, and schema therapy from psychologists.