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 | August 10, 2015
My long time friend Jeff Hyman has started a new business called Startup Therapist. In addition to a different hair style and some great content, he has an interview up with me. I was a seed investor in Jeff’s first company, Career Central. It was the very first investment I did at Mobius (via Softbank – prior to us raising our first fund) and it was doing great until the Internet bubble collapsed and no one was hiring anyone. We kept in touch over the years and I was an early customer and big supporter of Retrofit, Jeff’s most recent company. Jeff’s awesome. We’ve learned a lot together over the years. I expect he’ll be helping a lot of founders for the days to come.
News Article | March 3, 2015
Retrofit, the comprehensive weight management solution tackling the obesity epidemic at America’s leading corporations, today announces the appointment of its new chief technology officer and two additional senior executive positions. CEO Mary Pigatti has recruited technology, healthcare and people leaders to assist with innovation and employee engagement for the fast-growing company, which was recently named one of the best companies to watch for 2015. “Retrofit is thrilled to announce this new acquisition of outstanding industry talent,” said Pigatti. “The depth of combined experience in business development, strategy, and management for technology-enabled healthcare companies strengthens the ability of Retrofit to scale at a faster pace and build relationships with employers throughout the country.” Four out of ten of Fortune’s “Best Companies to Work For” use Retrofit. Headquartered in Chicago, Ill., the national weight management company has been making national headlines as it aims to deliver the most personalized, effective and sustainable results. In fact, 90% of its clients lose weight and 68% keep it off 18 months later. Retrofit clients are two times more satisfied than those on other weight loss programs, according to a recent customer satisfaction survey. Retrofit delivers a turnkey solution for weight loss, including proactive one-on-one coaching, interactive video classes and expert moderated communities that work with cutting-edge mobile apps and devices. Current corporate customers include Google, Salesforce.com, DeVry Education Group, the American Hospital Association and more. “Our roster of high-profile corporations, personalized approach and proven outcomes sets us apart from the rest of the weight management industry and demonstrates our commitment to improving health, happiness and performance at workforces nationwide,” Pigatti said. “Our relentless passion to transform lives and workplaces is what helps us continue to attract and retain top-notch talent.” Retrofit Chief Technology Officer Ammar Darkazanli, PhD, joins Retrofit from Glooko, a Silicon Valley based mobile diabetes & chronic disease management system, and has more than 20 years of experience in developing healthcare software for Class I, II, & III medical devices. He previously held leadership positions at Varian Medical Systems & Boston Scientific. Darkazanli holds a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from University of Arizona, and is currently completing an executive MBA from New York University. “I look forward to setting the pace for technology innovation in the weight management space and helping Retrofit continue to deliver its world-class results with the best user experience,” said Darkazanli, who will be leading a global team of developers to continue creating seamless integrations with other systems and expanding device options for Retrofit customers. “I'm thrilled to be part of such a remarkable organization and help shape the culture of health and happiness that Retrofit is built on,” said recently appointed Vice President of Human Resources Jennifer Browning, who brings more than 17 years of progressive HR, talent and organizational development experience. She comes to Retrofit from Cleversafe, where she served as Vice President of Human Resources. Retrofit also welcomes Missy Popp-Lloyd, who joins as director of client engagement, a new position at the organization. Prior to Retrofit, Popp-Lloyd held similar positions at Johnson & Johnson and Alere Inc. Her main goal is to maximize participation and assist companies as they engage and enroll employees in the Retrofit weight management solution. “The company’s powerful ability to inspire lasting behavior change for busy professionals is what brought me to Retrofit,” said Popp-Lloyd. “The meaningful work of engaging employees in a weight management solution with such incredible outcomes will speak for itself.” About Retrofit Retrofit provides a science based, tech-enabled proven approach to weight loss, delivered with the human touch of multi-disciplinary certified wellness experts. Retrofit is the truly personalized, holistic weight management solution that transforms lives and workplaces. Retrofit expert nutritionists, exercise physiologists and behavior coaches help individuals and corporate employees address underlying behavioral issues, and close the gap between what they know and what they do, in order to help them lose weight and live a healthy life they love. Retrofit has raised $15.7 million in venture financing, led by Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ). Cambia Health Solutions also participated. Retrofit can be found on the Web at RetrofitMe.com and by calling 855-4-RETROFIT. Follow the company on Facebook and Twitter at @retrofitme.
News Article | September 19, 2015
Retrofit, a leading provider of corporate weight management programs, today announced that Catherine Macpherson, vice president of enterprise adherence at Walgreens, has joined the Retrofit Advisory Board. Retrofit’s board is composed of a multidisciplinary team of prominent weight-loss experts who provide scientific oversight for the organization. “Catherine brings valuable health-care product strategy and management expertise to Retrofit,” said Mary Pigatti, Retrofit CEO. “Her passion for health and her background in innovative weight management programs perfectly aligns with our philosophy. Catherine will be a tremendous asset to our organization, as Retrofit continues a bold expansion into corporate weight loss.” Prior to joining Walgreens, Macpherson worked for WebMD where she managed a portfolio of health and wellness products that combined the human touch of a health professional with sophisticated technology. Her background also includes leadership of the Weight-control Information Network (WIN), an obesity information clearinghouse and call center from the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Macpherson also served as assistant director of education for the American Institute for Cancer Research. “Retrofit is very much in line with my professional experience and personal aspirations to address the obesity epidemic,” Macpherson said. “I look forward to working with the organization to help employers reduce the health and financial burdens associated with this major public health issue.” Macpherson, a registered dietitian, earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and a master’s degree in human nutrition from the University of Minnesota. About Retrofit 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 contributes 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 http://www.RetrofitMe.com or call 855-4-RETROFIT. Also follow the company on Facebook and Twitter at @retrofitme.
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.
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.