Being physically active and staying connected with other people makes us feel healthier and happier.
Research by mental health charity Mind shows that 1 in 6 people experience a common mental health problem every week – and that was before the Covid-19 pandemic. Data from the NHS also reports that 64% of adults are either overweight or obese, with a lack of regular physical activity being a key reason.
buddyboost is an employee wellbeing program delivered to employees via an easy to use app. We use a simple challenge format to help improve overall wellbeing and help build widespread employee engagement. Once a company embarks on a buddyboost challenge, employees download the app (with bespoke company-specific branding) and commit to doing 26 minutes of activity every day for 26 days. People can form into groups of buddies to help and motivate one another, and everyone stays in touch on the app’s private community feed, posting messages and photos, boosting engagement and team spirit.
The physical and mental benefits of the exercise, combined with the sense of camaraderie from the social interactions, has been shown to have a significant boost to the mood of participants, which the app measures via a mood score which participants register after each activity.
Here’s a short video showing you how the app works
We are also proud that Sheffield Hallam University’s Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre has analysed our data and confirmed that buddyboost makes a measurable contribution to improvements in Health Related Quality of Life and that it meaningfully contributes to an increase in mental wellbeing.
There is now an accepted link between physical health and mental wellbeing. A Harvard Health study concluded there is a 26% reduction in the risk of major depression among people who run for just 15 minutes a day.
Not only does buddyboost help employee wellbeing through physical exercise, the real power is in its buddy-system. Having the support of a buddy is really important in helping people both to start and continue exercising.
People who buddied up for our inaugural 26-day challenge were 4 times more likely to start it than those who didn’t have a buddy. 80% of people said that having a buddy helped them complete the challenge.