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Walgreens 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.

Balance Rewards for healthy choices overview

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

Balance Rewards for healthy choices overview

Balance Rewards for healthy choices® encourages participants to join 4-week physical activity and healthy lifestyle challenges. These challenges encourage positive behaviors that may lead to reduced healthcare costs for participants, their employers and payers.

Here are some examples of how members earn Balance® Rewards points for taking actions that lead to better health:2

250 points for linking a health app or device
250 points for linking a health app or device
(one-time reward per device, maximum 500 points per month)
Achieve a healthy goal
100 points each week a healthy challenge is completed
(limit one log (maximum of 400 points total per challenge)
Achieve a healthy goal
BONUS prize wheel spin worth up to 2000 points
(earned when all 4 challenge weeks are completed)

Participant Success

Among those tracking weight with Balance Rewards for healthy choices®, a majority recorded weight loss within 12 months. More than 29 percent lost at least 10 pounds and approximately 30 percent achieved clinically significant weight loss.3

Participant success

Members who logged blood pressure or blood glucose were more likely to adhere to their medication regimen3.

Participant success

Health & Wellness Research

Small Step, Big Benefits: Improve population health and 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 pharmacy's 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 greater adherence to prescribed diabetes 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

3. Akinbosoye O, Taylor D, Jiang J, Taitel M, Orr G. The relationship between digital health program activity tracking and medication adherence among members age 50+ years. Presented at the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy Annual Meeting; April 19-22, 2016; San Francisco, CA.