April 21, 2014
Weight Watchers is in talks to acquire virtual fitness coaching startup Wello, according to a report from TechCrunch. Wello, a Rock Health company, launched in July 2012. The company connects people to professional trainers via two-way video messaging. Users can choose a trainer or discipline that's most interesting to them.
In November 2012 they raised $1 million from Kleiner Perkins, Mohr...
February 21, 2014
Fifty-two percent of adult smartphone and tablet owners use their mobile health apps more now than they did when they first downloaded them, according to a recent survey of 1,000 US adults by Wakefield Research, commissioned by Citrix. Citrix released the survey data as well as a report on mobile traffic sourced from ByteMobile subscribers.
"The fitness category of mobile health apps tends to...
February 19, 2014
San Francisco-based MyFitnessPal has acquired fitness coaching startup Sessions for an undisclosed sum. MyFitnessPal, a health and fitness data platform that now boasts 50 million registered users, is bringing the entire Sessions team onboard and, as a result of the acquisition, plans to begin offerings its users coaching programs.
While it has been in development for a few years, it's worth...
January 27, 2014
MapMyFitness, the fitness app suite recently acquired by Under Armour, and MyFitnessPal, an online and app-based wellness tracking platform, have announced an integration, allowing users to sync data between the two platforms. MapMyFitness said in a statement that the integration was a much-requested feature.
Although it provides exercise tracking through integrations with apps and devices,...
January 24, 2014
MobiHealthNews started rounding up calorie counter and nutrition tracking apps as early as 2009, and as recently as last August, when Weight Watchers told its investors that free apps were probably eating away at its profit margin.
Most of the healthy eating apps MobiHealthNews has tracked have relied on manual entry, giving users a space to enter information about every meal, although exactly...
January 6, 2014
Fitness incentivizing app GymPact has rebranded, changing its name to Pact and raised $1.5 million in a round led by Khosla Ventures and PayPal alum Max Levchin. This brings their total funding to $2.5 million.
Until now, Pact has offered users money only for exercising more, just so long as these users pay $5 if they don't make their goals. The money that users must pay for missing their goals...
October 11, 2013
There are so many weight loss apps on the market that even Weight Watchers is feeling the pressure, and yet a recent study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found these apps do not employ long-established strategies to bring about behavior change.
Only two apps had 13 out of 20 of the behavioral strategies commonly included in evidence-based behavioral weight-loss...
October 8, 2013
The exergame product from Blue Goji, a health startup from Guitar Hero creators Charles and Kai Huang and financial software OpenLink founder Coleman Fung is now available for purchase for $99 from the company's website.
Blue Goji has three components. The first is an app, Goji Play, that will soon be available on iOS. The second component is a set of wireless controllers that can be attached to...
September 18, 2013
Fitness equipment maker Precor launched a new developer portal for its open API, allowing interested parties -- including fitness clubs, mobile app developers, and payers -- to freely access and use data from Preva, Precor's cloud-based engagement platform. Workout data from Precor machines is the bulk of the Preva data, but it also includes lifetime metrics, goal types, goal progress, and...
September 16, 2013
MyFitnessPal announced a partnership with health insurance company Cigna, which will combine MyFitnessPal’s nutrition, physical activity and weight management resource with Cigna's health coaching programs. The offering will give customers the option to connect their MyFitnessPal accounts with their personal Cigna coach to instantly share their diet and exercise activity.