LumiHealth is a unique program that promotes healthy activities and behaviors with the Apple Watch. It can now be pre-ordered in the App StoreĀ®. The two-year program will be offered from the end of October 2020.

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Apple is partnering with the Singapore government to keep the city-state's nearly six million people healthy with the Apple Watch.

At the company's launch virtual event on Tuesday, CEO Tim Cook briefly introduced Singapore's wellness initiative, which will provide residents with rewards worth up to S $ 380 (approximately S $ 280) for healthy activities like meditation, yoga and swimming can earn.

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The two-year health program is based on the Apple Watch and an iPhone app called LumiHealth, which is used to manage a personalized wellness program. Residents need access to both in order to participate in the national health initiative, which starts in October. Participation is voluntary.

The LumiHealth initiative is the first of its kind, according to Apple, as a national government offers its citizens financial rewards for adopting healthy habits over a period of two years.

Not only does the app achieve fitness goals, but it also encourages people to make better eating habits, improve their sleeping habits, and participate in public health activities such as vaccination. The app may encourage people to get a coronavirus vaccine as soon as it becomes available.

"Even as we all face the challenges of COVID-19 around the world, we must keep investing in our future," said Heng Swee Keat, Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister. "This partnership between Singapore and Apple will enable Singaporeans to lead healthier lives, but just as importantly, it will provide valuable insights to improve the health of people around the world."

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Tim Cook starts Apple's virtual kick-off event from the Cupertino campus.

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Apple and Singapore made it clear that the LumiHealth app was designed with "privacy and user security at the center". All user data is encrypted and stored securely, according to the iPhone manufacturer, and not passed on for marketing purposes. Developed in collaboration with a team of fitness and health experts, the LumiHealth app is the result of the Singapore government calling for Apple to "seek proposals from international health and technology companies to improve the lives and health of their populations," according to a statement.

Singapore has built a reputation for being a tech-savvy nation. Among a number of other technology-driven initiatives, it was one of the first to a national contact tracking app to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the city-state this year.

In addition to working with the Singapore government, Apple also announced new iPads, the Apple Watch 6 and a Watch SE.

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