SAN DIEGO, Feb. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- SelfHelpWorks has announced the release of a mobile companion app for use by participants in its online lifestyle and disease management interventions. The app is designed to further enhance the efficacy of the interventions by providing instant access to mindfulness tools, coaching audios and push notifications. The app is available for both Apple and Android devices.
SelfHelpWorks, a leader in the behavior change industry, has released a mobile companion app to further enhance the results of participants in its online lifestyle and disease management interventions. The company provides evidence-based interventions for unhealthy eating, tobacco addiction, stress, exercise avoidance, alcohol abuse, and diabetes. An intervention for poor sleep is also in the works.
Each intervention is designed to create lasting behavior change using an evidence-based cognitive behavioral training approach that incorporates several modalities and techniques. Among them is the practice of mindfulness, which is continuously emphasized as one of the keys to long-term behavior change. The app was created to enhance the ability of participants to perpetuate a state of mindfulness, particularly between online training sessions. It provides users with instant access to mindfulness tools, coaching audios and push notifications.
Lou Ryan, cognitive behavioral training expert and founder of SelfHelpWorks, explained the role of mindfulness in the interventions. "It's a powerful technique for training your brain to make healthy choices again after you've developed an unhealthy habit you want to get rid of. Here's an example. For someone who's developed the habit of eating popcorn at the movies, it becomes almost a reflex action to purchase a ticket, walk through the doors, and head right to the concessions. Two hours later the movie is over, the entire bucket's empty, and they hardly even remember eating it." Ryan explains, "The practice of mindfulness interrupts the reflexive patterns of unconscious thought and unwanted behaviors, enabling people to make new, healthier choices in those moments."
While health and wellness apps are a dime a dozen, Ryan was quick to point out that the SelfHelpWorks app is different. "This is not a stand-alone app – it is meant to function specifically within the context of our cognitive behavioral training interventions. In addition to push notifications, it will provide instant access to the all-important mindfulness tools and coaching audios within our interventions. The way it works will make it less likely for participant to slip back into to the mindless, habit-driven unhealthy behaviors they are trying to overcome. It's a natural extension of our philosophy and we're excited to see how it further enhances the efficacy of our interventions."
The SelfHelpWorks companion app is available for both Apple and Android devices. Participants can download it when they log into their intervention portal.
To learn more about the SelfHelpWorks interventions and how they improve population health and productivity, visit the company's website.
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