Wellsphere Launches Next Generation Online Wellness Community to Help You Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

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Personalization and social support key to sustaining healthy lifestyle.

Wellsphere (http://www.wellsphere.com) today announced the next generation of its online wellness community that connects users with the personalized advice, local resources and social social support they need to maintain healthy lifestyle changes well beyond the New Year.

"Anyone can make a New Year's resolution, but the hard part is keeping it," said Ron Gutman, CEO of Wellsphere. "Most resolutions are abandoned after January 15, but Wellsphere has created a technology platform that harnesses the power of community to help people stick to their goals."

It should come as no surprise that our social networks influence our health and wellbeing. A study published by the New England Journal of Medicine (http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/full/357/4/370) affirms that obesity and weight loss spread from person to person through social networks of friends and families. As the study's authors noted, "People are connected, and so their health is connected."

Wellsphere taps this phenomenon of positive peer social pressure, providing the support, motivation and accountability people need to stick to their goals. Wellsphere's community platform works by connecting members with local health and wellness resources and activities that match their unique interests and goals, and creating networks of wellness seekers and experts who share the personalized advice and support one another to sustain their healthy habits.

In its latest release, Wellsphere goes a step further by enabling members to track and chart their progress, and send automatic updates to friends and supporters. Members can post updates to the site directly from their mobile phones, and send themselves text message reminders to stay on track toward their goals when they're offline. The new version also makes it easier for members to connect around shared interests, common real world activities, classes and events. Members can meet workout partners who go to the same gym, find a yoga studio near their office, and find out where their friends go to indulge in a massage or get nutritional counseling.

Wellsphere helps users quickly and easily find the resources and routines that fit their personal lifestyle, and gives them the tools and motivation to succeed. A new incentive system lets members earn points for their participation, whether it's reaching their own goals, or posting advice they learned along the way to help other members achieve theirs.

From the moment you members create their profile on Wellsphere, their personalized experience begins. Members are immediately connected to a dynamic network of local information, peers and experts based on their unique profile, interests and goals. In addition to getting advice and answers from other users and experts, members can watch and share streaming workout and cooking videos, read up on the latest health news and blogs, share their struggles in community journals, and cheer each other along the way to success.

About Wellsphere
Wellsphere builds online healthy living communities that help people 'Get active, Eat better and Unwind'. Wellsphere's groundbreaking platform works by connecting each member with local health and wellness resources, classes and activities that match their unique interests and goals, and the personalized advice and social support they need to sustain their healthy habits. The company hosts a public website for consumers at http://www.wellsphere.com and creates proprietary communities (such as BeWell(at)Stanford - http://stanford.wellsphere.com/) for large organizations seeking to improve the health and well being of their members and reduce their
healthcare costs. Wellsphere is headquartered in San Mateo, California.

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