Results from pilot program show 94 percent of participants lost weight; 90 percent of families making healthier food choices
Yardley, Pa. (August 30, 2016) – StayWell, a health engagement solutions company, announced today that it has partnered with Kurbo Health to offer a health coaching and weight-loss program that’s made for children, teens, and families as part of the workplace health and well-being programs it delivers to employers across the country. The mobile-based program, developed by Kurbo Health, addresses overweight and obesity risks through a digital coaching platform that features gamification and family social support.
According to StayWell Vice President of Product Development, Hans Hage, the company recently completed a 12-week pilot program for a national client using the Kurbo Health coaching platform, and saw notable outcomes among participants, including:
- 94 percent of participants aged 8 to 19 successfully lost or maintained weight, and also reduced their body mass index (BMI), and
- 90 percent of parents reported that the entire family is now making healthier food choices because of the program.
“Having the support of friends and family when making lifestyle changes is important, no matter how old you are. With obesity on the rise across the United States, it’s important for us to continue to bring products and services to market that blend the best of technology and behavioral science to extend beyond workplace programs to homes and families,” said Hage. “The mobile, interactive approach of the Kurbo Health platform connects readily with kids and parents in a way that encourages the whole family to make healthier choices around food and physical activity.”
Data from all Kurbo Health program participants shows similar results to the StayWell pilot program, with 88 percent of kids who used the Kurbo Health platform losing weight and reducing BMI. In addition, children reported higher levels of self-confidence and happiness, and parents reported fewer fights about food, and less stress in the household.
“Like StayWell, our program is based on the science of behavior change with the technology approach that appeals to kids and is convenient for parents,” said Kurbo’s Co-founder and CEO, Joanna Strober. “Our mobile platform is appropriate for families on the go and the gamification elements appeal to and engage kids in ways that can improve overall health and well-being for families now, and in the future.”
The Kurbo Health program includes weekly, one-on-one video coaching and goal-setting; e-mail and text messages; a food and fitness tracker designed specifically for children and teens; and nutritional education in the form of games and videos to keep kids motivated.
To learn more about the importance of family and social support for effective weight management or StayWell’s partnership with Kurbo Health, visit staywell.com.
StayWell is a health engagement company that helps its clients engage and educate people to improve health and business results. StayWell brings decades of experience working across the health care industry to design solutions that address its clients’ evolving needs. We fuse expertise in health engagement and the science of behavior change with an integrated portfolio of solutions and robust content assets to effectively engage people to make positive health care decisions. StayWell programs have received numerous top industry honors, including the C. Everett Koop National Health Award and the Web Health Award for health engagement programs. StayWell also has received URAC and NCQA accreditation for several of its programs. StayWell is headquartered in Yardley, Pennsylvania, and also has major locations in Salt Lake City, Utah, and St. Paul, Minnesota. To learn more, visit www.staywell.com.
About Kurbo Health
Kurbo Health provides the first mobile health coaching solution designed specifically to help children and families lose weight and develop smarter eating choices. It is based on one of the most advanced weight-management programs from Stanford University and has been proven effective in helping kids lose weight and create healthy habits. Kurbo kids and families receive weekly video consults and goal-setting with a trained professional coach via Skype or FaceTime, a mobile app designed to help them track food and exercise on their smartphone, and daily support from a team of experts through emails, text messages, and in-app games and videos. Kurbo is backed by venture funding from top-tier investors including Signia Venture Partners, Bessemer Venture Partners, Data Collective, Promus Ventures and Rock Health. For more information, please visit www.kurbo.com.
Barbara Tabor, APR