(813) 971-8080

7210 Wareham Drive, Tampa, FL 33647

Weight Watchers Launches Program for Employers with Workers Who Have Type 2 Diabetes

March 17, 2014 - Weight Watchers International announced Weight Watchers for Diabetes, a new Weight Watchers Health Solutions offering that serves the special needs of employees with type 2 diabetes by integrating personalized coaching from a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) into the Weight Watchers approach to weight loss and weight management. Orlando Health, one of Florida's most comprehensive private, non-profit healthcare networks, has signed on as the first company to offer Weight Watchers for Diabetes to its employees.

Employees who participate in Weight Watchers for Diabetes join Weight Watchers meetings along with other employees and use the firm's digital tools with Monthly Pass. In addition, they are paired with a dedicated CDE who also is a registered dietitian and specially-trained in the Weight Watchers approach. The member has unlimited access to the dedicated CDE – a certified health care professional who works directly with each individual to tailor the Weight Watchers plan to his or her specific needs.

Organizations with 5,000 or more employees in participating areas who are interested in learning more about Weight Watchers for Diabetes can call 1-800-8-ATWORK or visit www.weightwatchers.com/Diabetes.

Mobile Weight Loss Apps Not Effective For Weight Loss: Research Proves It - Fad Will Soon Fade, Predicts Marketdata

A Nov. 2013 article in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine has the information that Marketdata analysts and many others in the weight loss field have been looking for--how effective are all these free and low-cost weight loss apps that DIY dieters are now using?.

We all know that these apps have proliferated in number. In fact, for this study, the researchers searched a total of 400 free and paid apps in the iTunes "health & fitness" category, and 480 in the Android Market. Of these 880 apps only 30 were identified as ones that included weight, diet, and physical activity self-monitoring. A total of 16 of the top 100 iPhone apps met the criteria and 13 of the 100 top Android apps -- for a total of 30.

"The primary aims of the study were to determine the degree to which commercial weight-loss mobile apps include the behavioral strategies included in evidence-based weight-loss interventions, and to identify features that enhance behavioral strategies via technology."

Evidence-based lifestyle interventions, which have been shown to be effective for weight loss and reduction of diabetes, are intensive, involving multiple in-person visits, generally for a period of 6 months to 1 year. "The only existing review of weight loss mobile apps was conducted in 2009 and found that the range of behavioral strategies addressed by apps was quite narrow. Only 43% of 204 mobile apps reviewed included dietary self-monitoring."

"Only 20% of mobile apps gave users a specific physical activity goal in terms of days or minutes per week."

"Several behavioral strategies were not used in any of the apps, including stress reduction, relapse prevention, social cues, time management, and instruction on how to read nutrition labels."


The best weight loss apps are NOT MyFitnessPal (which claims to have 40 million registered users and dominates in popularity). It is MyNetDiary PRO and MyNetDiary. But, this app only met 65% of the criteria for evidence-based behavioral strategy criteria necessary for effective weight loss. MyFitnessPal only met 15% of the criteria!

Another finding of this research paper: Price may not be a reflection of content quality or the sophistication of the technology.

Conclusions: "It remains unclear whether the maximum potential for mobile apps lies in self-guided delivery, delivery with provider oversight, or delivery in conjunction with a formal weight loss program. Self-guided delivery would seem to have the broadest potential for reach, but perhaps the lowest potential for efficacy."

Marketdata Commentary

OK, weight loss providers. Now you have PROOF that DIY mobile apps don't work for weight loss. So, tell your clients and prospects about it! Independent research confirms it. Maybe then they'll consider coming back to your program.

Here's a link to the American Journal website and article

0 Responses

  1. <strong>Title</strong> [...]usually posts some pretty interesting stuff like this. If you’re new to this site[...]
  2. <strong>Title</strong> [...]please pay a visit to the websites we adhere to, including this a single, as it represents our picks through the web[...]
  3. <strong>Title</strong> [...]usually posts some incredibly exciting stuff like this. If you are new to this site[...]
  4. <strong>Title</strong> [...]Sites of interest we've a link to[...]
  5. <strong>Title</strong> [...]just beneath, are a lot of entirely not connected web sites to ours, nevertheless, they're surely really worth going over[...]
  6. <strong>Title</strong> [...]although internet sites we backlink to beneath are considerably not connected to ours, we feel they're truly really worth a go by means of, so have a look[...]
  7. <strong>Title</strong> [...]Every after inside a when we select blogs that we study. Listed beneath are the most current web sites that we decide on [...]
  8. <strong>Title</strong> [...]Sites of interest we have a link to[...]
  9. <strong>Title</strong> [...]always a huge fan of linking to bloggers that I love but don’t get a great deal of link appreciate from[...]
  10. <strong>Title</strong> [...]Every when inside a while we choose blogs that we read. Listed beneath are the most up-to-date internet sites that we opt for [...]
  11. <strong>Title</strong> [...]Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine a number of unrelated information, nonetheless actually worth taking a appear, whoa did one particular find out about Mid East has got more problerms too [...]
  12. <strong>Title</strong> [...]check beneath, are some totally unrelated internet websites to ours, having said that, they're most trustworthy sources that we use[...]
  13. <strong>Title</strong> [...]that will be the end of this write-up. Here you’ll discover some web-sites that we feel you’ll appreciate, just click the links over[...]
  14. <strong>Title</strong> [...]one of our guests not long ago encouraged the following website[...]
  15. <strong>Title</strong> [...]the time to study or check out the material or web pages we've linked to below the[...]
  16. <strong>Title</strong> [...]always a huge fan of linking to bloggers that I like but don’t get quite a bit of link really like from[...]
  17. <strong>Title</strong> [...]the time to study or check out the material or websites we have linked to below the[...]
  18. <strong>Title</strong> [...]one of our guests not long ago encouraged the following website[...]
  19. <strong>Title</strong> [...]please visit the websites we follow, which includes this one particular, as it represents our picks in the web[...]
  20. <strong>Title</strong> [...]below you will find the link to some web sites that we believe you ought to visit[...]
  21. <strong>Title</strong> [...]usually posts some really exciting stuff like this. If you are new to this site[...]
  22. <strong>Title</strong> [...]Here are a few of the web-sites we suggest for our visitors[...]
  23. <strong>Title</strong> [...]here are some hyperlinks to internet sites that we link to for the reason that we assume they are really worth visiting[...]
  24. <strong>Title</strong> [...]The details mentioned within the article are a number of the ideal out there [...]
  25. <strong>Title</strong> [...]we came across a cool internet site that you could delight in. Take a search when you want[...]
  26. <strong>Title</strong> [...]the time to study or check out the content material or web-sites we've linked to beneath the[...]
  27. <strong>Title</strong> [...]The information mentioned in the article are some of the most beneficial obtainable [...]
  28. <strong>Title</strong> [...]Here are several of the internet sites we advise for our visitors[...]
  29. <strong>Title</strong> [...]one of our visitors not long ago advised the following website[...]
  30. <strong>Title</strong> [...]we came across a cool web-site that you just may possibly get pleasure from. Take a search for those who want[...]
  31. <strong>Title</strong> [...]check beneath, are some absolutely unrelated sites to ours, nonetheless, they may be most trustworthy sources that we use[...]
  32. <strong>Title</strong> [...]we came across a cool website that you could possibly enjoy. Take a search for those who want[...]
  33. <strong>Title</strong> [...]here are some links to web pages that we link to since we think they are worth visiting[...]
  34. <strong>Title</strong> [...]always a huge fan of linking to bloggers that I like but don’t get a good deal of link enjoy from[...]
  35. <strong>Title</strong> [...]one of our guests lately advised the following website[...]
  36. <strong>Title</strong> [...]Sites of interest we've a link to[...]