August 14, 2019
Following an acquisition last year by WW (formerly Weight Watchers), Kurbo Health has retooled and relaunched its weight loss app and coaching services as Kurbo by WW. The tool not only sports a new look, but now includes a new focus on healthy behavior and wellness promotion that’s designed with children and adolescents in mind.
This subtle shift in approach comes in part from hands-on audience...
July 26, 2016
San Francisco-based Omada Health, an online and mobile behavioral medicine company, announced today a partnership with the American Medical Association and a new customer, Utah-based Intermountain Healthcare system, which will offer Omada’s flagship diabetes prevention program (DPP), Prevent, to its patients.
The Prevent program aims to reduce the number of adults who develop type 2 diabetes. All...
March 9, 2016
As a person with an identical twin brother who consistently weighs less than I do, I can attest that -- without even really doing anything -- he can be a big motivator for weight loss for me. For instance, I remember a Christmas where our parents bought us matching belts: his fit, mine didn't. That gave me plenty of inspiration to join a gym.
London-based TwinBody believes the key to building an...
November 5, 2015
The CITY Android app used in the Duke study.
Duke University published a study in the journal Obesity this week which shows that, over a two-year period, neither a specially designed mobile app nor a coaching intervention that utilized a mobile app was any more effective in promoting weight loss than the control intervention -- a handful of fliers from a doctor visit.
“For some people it did...
August 4, 2015
A new app, developed at the interaction design lab at Cornell University, has a novel approach to helping users lose weight: an algorithm that latches onto the healthy behaviors users are already doing and then gradually encourages them to do more of the same.
The app is called MyBehavior, and it's set to launch in the Google Play store in September. The research team already did a 14-week study...
February 3, 2015
Sherry Pagoto, Associate Professor of Medicine, UMMS
Researchers from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Worcester Polytechnic Institute have developed an app that helps people understand why they are overeating. The team was awarded $2 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for this project.
The app, called Relax, is designed for patients who are in clinical...
February 19, 2014
Nutrition coaching app maker Rise Labs has raised a $2.3 million round led by Floodgate, with additional funding from Cowboy Ventures, Google Ventures, and Greylock, according to TechCrunch. The money will be used to build out Rise's app, 1:1 Nutrition Coaching.
Advisors to the company include Harvard’s Dr. Russ Phillips, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta (who is also Rise Labs ...
February 3, 2014
There are numerous apps out there with the goal of helping the user lose weight, whether by tracking their food intake, their exercise, or their weight itself. They also take different approaches to behavior change, with rewards, gamification, or social networks. But Carrot Fit, a new iPhone app, manages to do something new: the app includes a snarky female-voiced artificial intelligence (AI) who...
January 29, 2014
Weight loss service Weilos has pivoted and now, instead of an online coaching program, offers users a picture taking app, also called Weilos, to document weight loss through selfies.
Weilos used to offer users a peer-to-peer network that connects people who were weight loss success stories to those who are just beginning their journey, or have tried to lose weight before without reaching their...
December 16, 2013
Weight Watchers has announced the launch of its new weight loss plan and companion app, Simple Start, which is available on iOS and Android platforms.
Simple Start, which is only available to Weight Watchers subscribers, is a part of the company's winter ad campaign. The app offers users two weeks of sample meal and snack ideas. As the user flips through pictures of the meals, which are meant to...