News Article | May 11, 2017
"While everyone is unique, there are some commonalities that lead to long-term successful weight loss and maintenance," Dr. Hill said. "We will explore why some people are more successful with weight loss than others and what you can do to lose weight." Dr. Hill is co-founder of the National Weight Registry, a professor of Pediatrics & Medicine and the director of the Colorado Nutrition Obesity Research Center at the University of Colorado. He also is a scientific advisory board member for Retrofit, a leading provider of weight-management and disease-prevention solutions. Scott Brunning is a team lead and exercise physiologist for Retrofit. The webinar, "A summary of success factors for long-term weight maintenance from the National Weight Registry and The Colorado Weigh," will take place at 10 a.m. CT on Tuesday, May 16. To register, click here. About Retrofit Retrofit transforms lives, workplaces and communities by offering weight-management and disease-prevention solutions that help all populations live a happier, healthier life. What sets Retrofit apart from others is the level of personalization we bring to our suite of solutions that tackle obesity, prediabetes and metabolic syndrome. This personalization delivers real-time interventions that evolve as individual needs evolve producing proven outcomes and lasting results. To learn more, visit retrofitme.com. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/why-some-people-are-more-successful-at-weight-loss-than-others-300456503.html
News Article | May 25, 2017
"We are in the business of transforming lives, and we do the same for our employees," said Mary Pigatti, CEO, Retrofit. "So whether it is unlimited vacation time, yoga at the office or good eggs days off to volunteer, we are always using employee feedback to innovate and implement programs that will make Retrofitters and ultimately our clients, customers and investors happy." The Best Workplaces in Chicago are seeing huge benefits from prioritizing their employee experience. Winning companies had average yearly revenue growth more than 2.5 times higher than at peer organizations. More than nine in 10 co-workers at these leading organizations also expressed confidence in their leadership. "There are many reasons people choose Chicago as a place to live and to grow businesses. Chief among them are our talented and skilled workforce and employers who value such workers highly and treat them accordingly. The Best Workplaces in Chicago exemplify this. Our entire business community is proud of those being recognized," said Theresa E. Mintle, CEO of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. Retrofit has been recognized with several other workplace awards, including one of the 20 Best Workplaces in Health Care, one of the 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work for in the nation, a Best Workplace for Women, a Best and Brightest Company in Wellness, a Chicago Elite Award Winner for Work-Life Balance and one of Illinois' Healthiest Employers. About Retrofit Retrofit transforms lives, workplaces and communities by offering weight-management and disease-prevention solutions that help all populations live a happier, healthier life. What sets Retrofit apart from others is the level of personalization we bring to our suite of solutions that deliver proven outcomes and lasting results. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/great-place-to-work-and-fortune-name-retrofit-one-of-the-best-workplaces-in-chicago-300464204.html
News Article | May 30, 2017
"Obesity is one of the most serious health issues facing our nation," said James O. Hill, PhD, co-author and co-founder of the National Weight Control Registry, Professor of Pediatrics & Medicine and Director of the Colorado Nutrition Obesity Research Center at the University of Colorado and Retrofit Scientific Advisory Board Member. "Knowing that self-monitoring increases awareness and contributes to weight loss is important for improving the health of the overall population." This retrospective study analyzed how self-monitoring contributes to weight loss for participants in Retrofit, a weight-management program. The study evaluated 2,113 participants enrolled in the program from 2011 to 2015. Participants were males and females aged 18 years or older with a starting body mass index of ≥25 kg/m2. Weight measurements, dietary intake, and physical activity were evaluated to predict weight loss at six months. The study found that participants in the program lost an average of 5.58 percent of their body weight and reduced their BMI by an average of 1.91 points in 6 months. Weighing in at least three times a week, having a minimum of 60 highly active minutes per week, food logging at least three days per week, and having 64 percent or more weeks with at least five food logs were associated with clinically significant weight loss for both male and female participants. "This study gives us valuable insights into how to most effectively use self monitoring in weight loss," said Robert Kushner, MD, MS, co-author and Clinical Director of the Northwestern Comprehensive Center on Obesity. "We can use these predictors of success to personalize weight-loss programs and intervene early when individuals do not exhibit these behaviors." About Retrofit Retrofit transforms lives, workplaces and communities by offering weight-management and disease-prevention solutions that help all populations live a happier, healthier life. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/self-monitoring-key-to-weight-loss-study-finds-300465650.html
News Article | October 28, 2016
CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - October 27, 2016) - Participants in Retrofit's personalized weight-management program lost on average more than 5 percent of their body weight and maintained their weight loss one year later, according to research published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. Those who lost more than 10 percent of their body weight at 12 months weighed in and tracked activity more frequently and had a higher average daily step count. "Obesity is the number one health issue facing our nation," said Jan Berger, MD, study co-author and consultant to Retrofit. "These results demonstrate that Retrofit is an effective and sustainable solution for tackling obesity, prediabetes and more than 50 other obesity-related diseases." More than one-third of U.S. adults are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Obesity is the leading cause of preventable death costing the health-care system an estimated $147 billion to $210 billion per year. The medical costs for people who are obese are $1,429 higher than those who are not. "Traditional wellness programs are often underused and only produce short-term weight-loss benefits," Berger said. "Initiating programs that are accessible and combine the personalized attention and behavior-change strategies from a master-level coach with the latest technology to monitor behavior and hold individuals accountable is key to achieving successful outcomes that decrease health-care costs." This retrospective study evaluated 2,720 clients from 2011 to 2014 who had a starting BMI of >25 kg/m² and were at least 18 years of age. Participants in Retrofit's program received the personalized attention of an expert coach and an activity tracker and wireless scale for self-monitoring. They also had access to a smart app and dashboard for tracking and notifications, expert-led interactive classes and social support from an online community to encourage healthy behaviors. Weight-loss results were tracked at 6 months, 12 months and 24 months after beginning the program to evaluate change in body weight, BMI and percent that reached 5 percent or greater weight loss. Researchers found that participants lost an average of 5.21 percent of their weight at 6 months, 5.83 percent at 12 months and 4.09 percent at 24 months. High-performing individuals also demonstrated greater adherence to self-monitoring behaviors, including number of weigh-ins (197.3 versus 165.4 for males, and 222 versus 167 for females), total activity tracker days (297.1 versus 255.3 for males and 304.7 versus 266.6 for females) and average steps per day (9,099.3 versus 8,251.4 for males and 8,380.9 versus 7059.7 for females). High-performing females also interacted more frequently with their coach. "This study gives us valuable insights into the characteristics of high-performing individuals," said Whitney Mirro, VP of Operations and Account Management, Retrofit. "Our expert coaches use these predictors of success to further personalize and intervene early on when clients do not exhibit these behaviors." Retrofit offers weight-management and disease-prevention solutions that help tackle obesity and related conditions to deliver proven outcomes and lasting results. Eighty-eight percent of Retrofit participants lose weight and 81 percent keep it off 12 months later. Retrofit clients also are two times happier than those on other weight-loss programs, according to a recent customer satisfaction survey. Retrofit contributes its success to five key factors: a scientifically based program design; highly credentialed experts who drive a personalized experience and true engagement; a data-driven, high-tech/ high-touch approach; the adaptability of the program to integrate or run discreetly within broader wellness ecosystems, and "happiness delivered" with proven outcomes that transform lives.
News Article | November 10, 2016
CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - November 09, 2016) - Retrofit, a leading provider of disease-prevention and weight-management solutions, today announced it was named Illinois' Healthiest Employer in the small business (2 - 99 employees) category. The 2016 Illinois' Healthiest Employers Awards are sponsored by Cigna and conducted by health analytics provider Springbuk Inc. in association with Crain's Custom Media. The award is given to organizations that are dedicated to creating a culture of well-being. "Our goal as an organization is to transform lives," said Mary Pigatti, CEO, Retrofit. "This starts with our own employees. Creating a culture of well-being fosters a spirit of innovation and allows our employees to perform at their best. If our employees are healthy and living a life they love then everything else will follow." Retrofit offers a holistic and personalized approach to its benefits to ensure employee needs are met. Perks include flexible work schedules, the option to work from home, days off for birthdays and unlimited paid time off. Retrofit also offers time off to volunteer, walking meetings, treadmill desks and exercise breaks during all-company meetings. In addition, employees have free access to participate in Retrofit's weight-management and disease-prevention programs. "We have a health-minded population at Retrofit," said Catalina Andrade, employee happiness director, Retrofit. "Things like exercise breaks and healthy snacks really resonate with our employees. So whether it is volunteering, yoga, Olympics-inspired workouts or instruction on how to perform the perfect plank, we have fun with it and know this has a positive ripple effect for our clients, customers and investors." Retrofit also was recently named a Best Small and Medium Workplaces by Great Place to Work and Fortune. Retrofit also has been named one of the 20 Best Workplaces in Health Care, one of the 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work for in the nation, a Best Workplace for Women, a Best and Brightest Company in Wellness and a 2016 Chicago Elite Award Winner for Work-Life Balance. Retrofit is a leading provider of weight-management and disease-prevention solutions that transform lives. We use a unique high-tech, high-touch approach to deliver proven outcomes and lasting results. Ninety-seven percent of Retrofit participants complete the program, 88 percent lose weight and 80 percent keep it off 12 months later. What sets Retrofit apart from others is the level of personalization we bring to our suite of targeted solutions that tackle obesity, diabetes and metabolic syndrome. This personalization delivers real-time interventions that evolve as individual needs evolve.
News Article | December 22, 2016
Expert coaches report on how to make lasting lifestyle changes in 2017 CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - December 22, 2016) - After the last bit of eggnog has been sipped and Christmas cookies have been eaten, we often vow to live healthier in the New Year. But experts suggest that New Year's resolutions fail, because we set unrealistic goals, fail to track our progress or simply forget about it in the midst of our busy lives. This year, Retrofit, a leading provider of weight-management and disease-prevention programs, is encouraging you to 'Retrofit' your New Year's resolutions. "Being thoughtful, planned and strategic will make it easier to make lasting healthy lifestyle changes," said Jennifer Plotnek, LCSW-C, Retrofit lead behavior coach. "Developing realistic goals and setting intentions will make the New Year feel like an exciting time for self-improvement." Plotnek offers the following tips to 'Retrofit' your resolutions. Start by setting realistic expectations. You didn't put on the weight overnight, so don't expect yourself to be able to lose it overnight. Celebrate your successes, no matter how big or how small. When you acknowledge your successes, you will feel like weight loss is doable. Remind yourself that you don't have to be perfect. Walk, walk, walk. Make a goal to walk 10,000 steps a day. Try taking the stairs, parking further from work or taking a walk during lunch. Begin a cardio routine and progress gradually. Start with just one 30-minute session of cardio weekly for three weeks. Then add in two 30-minute sessions weekly for three weeks and build from there. Make one to two changes in your diet. You might consider eating one piece of fresh fruit daily. Stick with it for three weeks before making the next change. Find your favorite way to nourish yourself that doesn't include food. Try other means of self-care such as meditating, hitting the gym or calling a friend to help prevent suppressing your emotional stress with food. Retrofit is making it simple to join this healthy living movement on social media. Share any small, realistic steps you take to live healthier and include #RetrofitYourResolution. About Retrofit Retrofit is a leading provider of weight-management and disease-prevention solutions that transform lives, communities and workplaces. We offer a suite of targeted solutions that use a unique high-tech, high-touch approach to deliver sustainable results. For more information, visit www.retrofitme.com.
Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Collaborative Research & Development | Award Amount: 752.14K | Year: 2014
Retrofit Plus project comprises of a holistic package of approaches designed for increasing trust, quality and performance, and reducing the price of retrofit. The approaches include rapid assessment using dynamic simulation tools; an expert system for zero carbon solution design; off-site manufacture of insulation panels so as to minimise on-site time, reducing inter-skill barriers, and disruption to householders; ease of disassembly for adaptation to climate change and for ultimate recycling; continuous predictive control and monitoring; smart phone interfaces for real time user feedback; game technology that encourages competition in energy savings between individuals; and after care portfolio monitoring and pre-emptive and rapid response to performance problems. The project facilitates experimental investigation of different solutions for 100% carbon emissions reduction and end user engagement and change of behaviour. Combined under a new business model, the project is designed to unlock the market potential and deliver substantial scaling up of retrofit.
News Article | February 15, 2017
CHICAGO, Feb. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Retrofit, a leading provider of weight-management and disease-prevention solutions, today announced that is has named Sharen Ross as vice president of Marketing and Product. Ross, who joins Retrofit on Wednesday, Feb. 15, brings more than 16...
News Article | November 4, 2016
CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - November 04, 2016) - Weighing in at least four times a week correlates with greater weight loss, according to data presented today at the Obesity Society's 4th Annual ObesityWeek 2016 Conference in New Orleans. The research also revealed that a higher frequency of weigh-ins relates to individuals maintaining their weight loss two years later. These findings were presented by researchers from Retrofit, a leading provider of weight-management and disease-prevention programs. "Retrofit is the first program to demonstrate that weighing in more frequently is significantly associated with sustainable weight-loss," said Rezwan Ahmed, PhD, data scientist, Retrofit. "Stepping on the scale is crucial to weight loss and weight maintenance, because the metrics create more self awareness. Our master's-level coaches also use this information to intervene in real time and influence behaviors surrounding weight loss." Researchers investigated the association between self-weighing frequency at different levels of weight-loss at 6-months and weight maintenance at 24-months. They analyzed three years of data from 1,357 Retrofit clients, 44 percent of whom were male and 56 percent female. Researchers found that individuals with greater than 5 percent weight loss stepped on the scale, on average, more than four (4.11) times per week. "The scale can be an intimidating thing that evokes negative emotions, including anxiety, shame and frustration," said Scott Brunning, study co-author and lead exercise physiologist, Retrofit. "Our coaches work with our clients to overcome their fear and change their perspective to view the scale as a valuable tool to monitor their progress and make adjustments when necessary. This level of personalization leads to sustainable weight loss, directly setting us apart from others." Retrofit provides its clients with a wireless scale, an activity tracker and a smart app and dashboard to log weight, food, sleep and activity. Clients simply step on the scale and wear their activity tracker to sync their metrics. They also receive a fully integrated experience through the personalized attention of a live master's-level coach, expert-led interactive classes and social support from an online community. Retrofit is a leading provider of weight-management and disease-prevention solutions that transform lives. We use a unique high-tech, high-touch approach to deliver proven outcomes and lasting results. Ninety-seven percent of Retrofit participants complete the program, 88 percent lose weight and 80 percent keep it off 12 months later. What sets Retrofit apart from others is the ability to engage and deliver outcomes through the level of personalization we bring to our suite of targeted solutions. This personalization delivers real-time interventions that evolve as individual needs evolve. For more information, visit www.retrofitme.com.
News Article | November 22, 2016
Retrofit Expert Coaches Weigh In on How to Have a Healthier Holiday Season CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - November 22, 2016) - Gravy-laden turkey, buttery mashed potatoes and homemade pecan pie may grace the tables of many this Thanksgiving. So what are we to do about our waistlines? Lead behavior coach Jennifer Plotnek, LCSWC, from Retrofit, a leading provider of weight-management and disease-prevention programs, suggests 'Retrofitting' your Thanksgiving for a healthier holiday season. Try the turkey trot. Start the day with movement by going for a walk, hitting the gym or signing up for the local turkey trot. Remember, some movement is better than no movement. Start with the most important meal of the day. Be sure to eat breakfast and stay in your rhythm of eating balanced meals and snacks every 3 to 4 hours. Don't skip the snacks to leave room for all the fixings. Take the edge off hunger by having a protein and produce snack before you dine. This will help keep you mindful and prevent you from overeating at dinner. Retrofit your recipes. Modify your favorite recipes to reduce excess calories from fat and sugar and boost nutrients such as fiber, vitamins and minerals. Use fat-free chicken broth to baste the turkey and make gravy. Reduce the amount of sugar or use substitutes and/or fruit purees instead of oil in baked goods. Reduce oil and butter wherever you can. Try plain yogurt or fat-free sour cream in creamy dips, mashed potatoes and casseroles. Choose brown rice or whole-grain bread over refined and add extra veggies such as celery, mushrooms and onions to stuffing. Serve a vegetable tray, fresh fruit or a salad for light and fiber rich, low-calorie starter. If drinking alcohol, alternate with water to help slow your pace, remain hydrated and limit alcohol calories. Survey the buffet table before filling your plate. Decide to eat reasonable portions of the foods you love. Don't waste your calories on foods that you can have all year long. Create a balanced plate of 50 percent produce, 25 percent lean protein and 25 percent whole grains/starchy veggies. Find a place to sit and savor. Aim to sit as far away from the buffet as possible. Studies have shown, the further you are from the food, the less likely you are to get up for more. Be mindful during your meal. Take the time to enjoy the presentation, aromas, flavors and textures of your meal. Slow your pace of eating, allow your mind to register your satiety (about 20 minutes) before making the decision to go back for more. Create a "speed bump" halfway through the meal. Stop and assess your hunger. Make conversation, stretch or take a few deep breaths. Then decide how much more you plan to eat to feel satisfied but not stuffed. When you finish eating, move away from the table and focus on company and conversation not the food. Use the three-bite rule for dessert. Get maximum enjoyment from the foods you love without feeling overly full or regretful about overindulging by savoring the taste within a safe, three-bite limit. Focus on Family and Friends. Thanksgiving is not just about the traditional meal. It's a time to celebrate relationships with family and friends. Practice gratitude long after the turkey dinner is done. Thanksgiving is a great time to reflect on the blessings in your life. By practicing gratitude, you may experience a sense of empowerment and positivity that can play a crucial role in your weight-management goals. Retrofit offers weight management solutions that help employers tackle obesity and deliver proven outcomes and lasting results. Ninety percent of participants lose weight and 68 percent keep it off 18 months later. Retrofit clients also are two times more satisfied than those on other weight-loss programs, according to a recent client satisfaction survey. Retrofit attributes its success to five key factors: 1) a scientifically based program design; 2) highly credentialed experts who drive a personalized experience and true engagement; 3) a multi-disciplinary, high-tech/high-touch approach; 4) the adaptability of the program to integrate or run discreetly within organizations' broader wellness ecosystems, and 5) "happiness delivered" with proven outcomes that transform lives and workplaces. For more information, visit www.RetrofitMe.com. Also follow the company on Facebook and Twitter at @retrofitme.