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Want to Build a Great Company? Do This One Thing 2/12/15 - …It's not just an attention to detail. It's an attention to my details. The Retrofit team is obviously trying incredibly hard to stay on top of my progress and treats me like a king … Read The Story
Beefing Up Weight Programs 2/11/15 - Think about your salespeople who spend weeks on the road at a time. Or consider the telecommuters - an ever-growing segment of the workforce - who work exclusively outside the office each day. … Given their work situations, hitting that well-equipped company gym or attending weekly on-site Weight Watchers meetings aren't typically feasible options. So, how do you help these workers? … Getting these employees more involved in its weight-loss initiative was part of the goal in establishing a partnership with Retrofit, also headquartered in Chicago, to help American Hospital Association (AHA) adopt a more science-based, tech-enabled approach to weight management. … Read The Story
6 Gadgets to Help You Lose Weight 2/9/15 - Sometimes, a shiny new gadget ends up collecting dust. The good news? Well, the dynamic duo of technology and accountability can help you achieve your goals. These devices offer a few social networking features, live video, and even one-on-one accountability sessions. … Read The Story
Wearables At Work? Think Productivity. 1/21/15 - VISTA Staffing Solutions employees use Fitbit trackers and wi-fi enabled scales in their Retrofit weight loss program. The company estimated that the wellness program, “decreased absenteeism, resulted in a healthier and happier workplace, and is saving the company about $38,035 annually due to decreased medical expenses and increased productivity.” One employee said the program saved her life, helping her lose 47 pounds in nine months and encouraged her to add exercise and healthier eating habits to her daily routine. … Read The Story
January/February 2015 - New Year, New You: Hop on the Habit Trail; 12 Habits of Highly Motivated Runners Everyday Tips for a Fitter, Healthier, and Happier 2015 1/1/15 - You can sustain momentum by celebrating small, frequent victories. And, you'll avoid the all-or-nothing thinking that triggers massive disappointment. … The benefits of healthy habits spill over into a better life beyond running, too. Here are 12 healthy habits to embrace in 2015, with expert advice on how to make them your own, including those from Retrofit Lead Behavior Coach Jennifer Plotnek and Retrofit Lead Exercise Physiologist Gary Ditsch. … Read The Story
The Most Popular Diets of 2014 12/8/14 - Choosing a weight loss plan isn't easy … while we know that the best healthy eating focuses on whole, real foods and plenty of fruits and vegetables, this year certain ways of eating proved more popular than others-at least on the Internet. In fact, Diets in Review (DIR) culled their site to see which diets were the most popular among their readers this year, coming up with the 25 Most Popular Diets of 2014. … Read The Story
Retrofit Bulks Up Corporate Weight-Loss Effort with bswift 8/26/14 - Chicago's Retrofit Inc., a tech-enabled weight-loss startup backed by J.B. Pritzker, Larry Levy and Jai Shekhawat, is teaming with BSwift, a Chicago-based health insurance services company. BSwift LLC will offer Retrofit's weight-loss program through its Springboard Marketplace, an a la carte private health exchange that will roll out this fall to hundreds of employers to offer benefits to workers, as well as benefit brokers. "With the corporate market, you get dozens or hundreds of customers, versus one at a time," says Retrofit CEO Jeff Hyman. … Read The Story
Staying Productive While Staying Active 7/7/14 - While keeping active in the workplace is a big component of workplace wellness, it is not the only one. Retrofit, a corporate weight loss company also based in Chicago, has designed an app to complement your fitness tracker. The company provides additional encouragement through live, online training sessions with wellness teams consisting of registered dietitians, behavior coaches and exercise physiologists. While not exactly in the category of devices, it nonetheless is offering a valuable workplace solution for time-starved workaholics, et al. The overweight problem in the U.S. is at crisis levels, no doubt exacerbated by poor diets, but a contributing factor is the rather sedentary nature of knowledge-based work. It's no surprise, then, that innovation is coming to the workplace to address this perpetual problem. … Read The Story
Medical Myths: What Doctors Thought They Didn't Need to Say 7/2/14 - Common knowledge when it comes to all things health and medicine might not be so common after all …CNN reached out to health care providers, seeking stories of patients armed with surprising medical misinformation. … Exercise alone isn't enough to lose weight "The patient tells me he or she has been on the elliptical each day for 45 minutes, and that the machine says 700 calories have been burned. They get on the scale, and find there's been no weight loss." It's a common myth that exercise alone will help a person lose weight, said Brad Saks, a clinical psychologist who serves as science adviser for Retrofit, a data-based weight-loss program. People tend to overestimate the number of calories they burn and how hard they worked out. … Read The Story
Employers Tackle Obesity, Boost Bottom Line 6/2/14 - Retrofit CEO Jeff Hyman on new ways employers are creating healthier workplaces. … Read The Story