Singapore to pay its citizens to stay healthy

Apple has announced its first partnership with a country, choosing Singapore as the first place to roll-out the new LumiHealth app for Apple Watch users.

The app will be available on the Singapore App store next month, when people will be able to download it and earn money for activities such as walking, meditation and getting a good night's sleep. By completing challenges and goals, users will be able to claim rewards worth up to S$380 (€235) over the two-year duration of the programme.

The programme was designed by Singapore’s Health Promotion Board in conjunction with Apple as part of the country’s Smart Nation initiative.

The two-year programme will all people to "adopt healthy habits through personalised reminders, programs, activity coaching, and incentives", according to a press release from Apple.

"Within the app, users travel through worlds with a friendly intergalactic explorer who guides them through tasks that are personalised based on their age, gender, and weight. They include weekly activity goals that can be met through not just walking, but also swimming, yoga, and other activities.

"LumiHealth also reminds users to go for health screenings and immunisations, and participate in wellness challenges that aim to improve sleep habits and mindfulness as well as encourage better food choices," said Apple.

Yesterday, Apple announced two new versions of its Apple Watch and a fitness class subscription service linked to the wearable to rival the likes of Peloton.