13 October 2020
Denplan’s parent company, Simplyhealth, has launched a new free for all health and wellbeing app, SimplyMe, to encourage and motivate people to lead healthier lives and look after their mental wellbeing.
The innovative new app, SimplyMe, which is free to download, recognises and understands individual’s habits and behaviours to support, nudge and provide personal motivation for each user. Users can monitor data on their BMI, emotional wellbeing, sleep, and heart rate, and identify personalised changes to help them improve their physical and mental health. However, it not only looks after the user’s own health, but also rewards their healthy behaviour by giving back to communities in need.
Simplyhealth is led by its Purpose which is to provide as many people as possible with access to better health and wellbeing, and for Denplan, the importance of preventative oral health care and regular dental check-ups. As part of this community Purpose, for every download of the new SimplyMe app in November, Simplyhealth will donate £5 to help 160,000 young people facing disadvantage to stay healthy, safe, and active through sport due to a new partnership with Sported. Sported is a national charity which supports almost 3,000 community sport and youth groups across the UK.
Romana Abdin, Chief Executive at Simplyhealth, said: “Never has our sense of community been more important, or relevant as it is today. We are really proud of our heritage and wanted to show how much we care about the health of the UK and continue to do our very best for our customers. Throughout the past months we have seen everyone come together, in their communities, working for the greater good.
We have listened to what people want, and are now harnessing that power of community, bringing our Purpose to life, and showing everyone that they can take control of their health and also help others in the process. We’re delighted to be working with Sported as all have our part to play in staying healthy and looking after each other.”
Catherine Rutland, Clinical Director at Simplyhealth, said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has created a whole range of health issues that we are all very aware of. What is less of a focus is how the lasting legacy of the pandemic and lockdown will affect our physical and mental health in the long term.
“Our research has shown that many people know they need to do better when it comes to their health, but they need additional support. At Simplyhealth, we have been caring for people’s health for over 140 years and we believe the new SimplyMe app will help motivate and encourage people to be more active and mindful of their mental wellbeing.
“However, people also need to remember to make time for regular health checks or book appointment with their local healthcare providers if they have any serious concerns and not leave things to get worse.”
The launch follows new research from Simplyhealth which reveals that many people have experienced negative impacts on their mental and physical health since the outbreak of COVID-19 in the UK but are determined to take action to improve their health.
The 2,000 UK adults surveyed stated that because of the pandemic:
- 42% feel their physical fitness has suffered
- 42% feel their mental health has suffered
- 38% have found it more difficult to sleep
- 19% are less healthy than before the pandemic
Of those who have become less healthy during the pandemic:
- 38% are less active
- 29% are eating more junk food
- 26% are drinking more alcohol
Despite this, the majority (62%) believe they will be more proactive about looking after their health and wellbeing as we come out of the pandemic. However, one of the biggest challenges to health is lack of motivation, with nearly half of respondents (48%) saying that willpower is a major barrier to health improvement.
When asked what could make a difference in getting them back to good health, 51% of those surveyed said technology will play a key role, with fitness trackers, smart watches, and apps being seen as helpful in motivating people to improve their health and wellbeing.
To find out more about SimplyMe, visit www.simplyhealth.co.uk/simplyme or download the SimplyMe app via the App Store or Google Play Store.
This survey was carried out by Deltapoll on the behalf of Simplyhealth and surveyed a nationally representative sample of 2,082 UK adults, August 2020.