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Walgreens Balance Rewards for healthy choices® has 1.2 million active users with 1.6 healthy lifestyle goals met. These positive behaviors translate directly to reduced healthcare costs for participants, their employers and payers.

Balance Rewards for healthy choices overview

Research shows that preventable illness makes up 70% or more of total healthcare costs. 1

Balance Rewards for healthy choices overview

Balance Rewards for healthy choices encourages members to take small steps toward long-lasting behavior changes. Rewarding healthy goals and behaviors makes it easier to sustain success and a healthy lifestyle.

Set a healthy goal
Set a healthy goal
250 points
Achieve a healthy goal
Achieve a healthy goal
250 points
Link a health app or device
Link a health app or device
250 points per device
Walk, run or cycle
Walk, run or cycle
20 points per mile
Exercise
Exercise
20 points per daily log
Weigh-in
Weigh-in
20 points per daily log
Test blood pressure
Test blood pressure
20 points per daily log
Monitor blood glucose
Monitor blood glucose
20 points per daily log
Quit tobacco with NRT
Quit tobacco with NRT
20 points per daily log

Participant Success

When members logged their weight through Balance Rewards for healthy choices, they lost an average of 3.3 pounds. Approximately 27% of participants lost 6 pounds, and 16.5% lost more than 10 pounds.1

Participant success

Members who logged blood pressure or blood glucose were more likely to adhere to their medication regimen.

Participant success
Participant success

Health & Wellness Research

Small Step, Big Benefits: Improve Population Health & Reduce Costs by Incentivizing Members to Make Healthy Choices

Walgreens Balance Rewards for healthy choices® program promotes and supports healthy behaviors, which should translate into reduced healthcare costs for participants, their employers and payers.

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Self-Monitoring Utilization Patterns Among Individuals in an Incentivized Program for Healthy Behaviors

This study provides insights into the utilization patterns of individuals participating in a nationwide, incentivized, web-based self-monitoring program and supports the benefit of automated health tracking to help maintain long-term engagement.

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The Relationship between Online Activity & Biometric Tracking and Medication Adherence among Members with Diabetes

This study demonstrated a significant relationship between higher levels of member engagement in healthy activities and biometric tracking through Balance Rewards for healthy choices® and greater adherence to prescribed diabetes medications.

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The Association between Participation in a Community Pharmacy's Digital Health Program and Flu Vaccination Rates

Participation in a community pharmacys Balance Rewards for healthy choices® program was associated with significantly greater odds of receiving a flu vaccination.

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SBM 2016 Pill Reminder: The Association between Use of a Community Pharmacy's Mobile Pill Reminder App and Medication Adherence

Utilization of the Walgreens mobile app pill reminder was associated with significantly higher adherence to oral antidiabetic, antihypertensive, and antihyperlipidemic medications.

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The Relationship Between Digital Health Program Activity Tracking and Medication Adherence Among Members Age 50+ Years

This study demonstrated a significant relationship between engagement in Balance Reward for healthy choices® and greater adherence to antihypertensive, antidiabetic, and antihyperlipidemic medications for members 50+ years.

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The Relationship between Online Activity & Biometric Tracking and Medication Adherence among Members with Hypertension

There is a significant relationship between member engagement in healthy activities and biometric tracking through Balance Rewards for healthy choices® and better adherence to prescribed antihypertensive medications.

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References

Balance Rewards for healthy choices® overview

1. Fries JF, Koop CE, Beadle CE, et al. Reducing health care costs by reducing the need and demand for medical services. The Health Project Consortium. N Engl J Med. 1993;329(5):321-325. 2. Points may be limited per the terms and conditions of the program. Information provided to Walgreens online is covered by the terms of our Online Privacy and Security Policy and the terms and conditions of Balance® Rewards. Personally identifiable information is not covered under HIPAA or the Walgreens Notice of Privacy Practices. For full program terms and conditions, visit Walgreens.com/healthychoices.

Participant success

1. Walgreens data on file. (Source data: Members enrolled in BRhc between 5/1/2014 and 6/30/2014. Tracking Period: 180 days from member's BRhc enrollment date) 2. Taitel M, Jiang J, Akinbosoye O, Orr G. The relationship between online activity and biometric tracking and medication adherence among members with diabetes. Poster presented at: 75th Scientific Sessions (2015) of the American Diabetes Association; June 5-9, 2015; Boston, MA. 3. Nau DP. Proportion of days covered (PDC) as a preferred method of measuring medication adherence. URAC & AMCP: Quality Management News and Information for Pharmacy. 2011;4(4):1;7-9. 4. Taitel M, Jiang J, Akinbosoye O, Orr G. The relationship between online activity and biometric tracking and medication adherence among members with hypertension. Poster presented at: 36th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society for Behavioral Medicine; April 22-25, 2015; San Antonio, TX.