Physical Activity

The link between physical activity and health is well understood. What is harder to appreciate is why so many Americans remain sedentary. For some, inadequate levels of exercise is a result of injury or disability. For others, it’s a matter of timing and resources. At Element3 Health we seek to address the entire mosaic of barriers to exercise, getting people moving to the degree that they can and helping them to reduce their risks of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and other chronic ailments.

A Medicare study found that by engaging in fitness programs and physical activity, individuals are able to reduce their annual spending by between $500 and $1,186. While gym memberships help get people moving, 80 percent of those eligible for free gym membership programs don’t take advantage of the benefit. For many of these people, GroupWorks offers the opportunity to engage in activities they love with like-minded adults. By tapping into people’s passions, Element3’s GroupWorks platform seeks to provide a more attractive alternative to the gym.

With clubs as varied as hiking and biking to pickleball and line-dancing, GroupWorks gives adults over the age of 50 access to physical activities that resonate with them. This increases activity levels while creating social networks – resulting in better health and reduced healthcare spending.

Real-Time Associations Between Engaging in Leisure and Daily Health and Well-Being

Real-Time Associations Between Engaging in Leisure and Daily Health and Well-Being

Engagement in leisure has a wide range of beneficial health effects. Yet, this evidence is derived from between-person methods that do not examine the momentary within-person processes theorized to explain leisure’s benefits. This study examined momentary relationships between…
The Experience and Meaning of Physical Activity in Assisted Living Facility Residents

The Experience and Meaning of Physical Activity in Assisted Living Facility Residents

Assisted living (AL) residents engage in very low levels of physical activity (PA) placing them at increased risk for mobility disability and frailty. But many residents in AL may not perceive the need to increase their PA. This study explored the experience, meaning and perceptions of PA…
Economic Impact of Moderate-Vigorous Physical Activity Among Those with and without Established Cardiovascular Disease: 2012 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey.

Economic Impact of Moderate-Vigorous Physical Activity Among Those with and without Established Cardiovascular Disease: 2012 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey.

Moderate‐vigorous physical activity is associated with significantly lower health care spending in people with and without established cardiovascular disease. Physical activity (PA) has an established favorable impact…
Cardiorespiratory Fitness in Middle Age and Health Care Costs in Later Life

Cardiorespiratory Fitness in Middle Age and Health Care Costs in Later Life

A 2015 study in the Journal of American College of Cardiology found that average annual health care costs were significantly lower for participants aged 65 years or older with high midlife fitness than with low midlife fitness in both men and women. Physical inactivity is a global pandemic,…
Inadequate Physical Activity and Healthcare Expenditure in the United States, a CDC Report

Inadequate Physical Activity and Healthcare Expenditure in the United States, a CDC Report

This study estimates the percentage of health care expenditures in the non-institutionalized United States (U.S.) adult population associated with levels of physical activity inadequate to meet current guidelines. Leisure-time physical activity data from the National Health Interview Survey (2004–2010) were merged with…