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SANTA CLARA, CA–(Marketwire -04/18/12)- Wearable body monitor specialist BodyMedia, Inc., today announced a remote monitoring and coaching tool for weight loss counselors, fitness trainers and healthcare practitioners with ProConnect, a software product providing online access to client/patient health and wellness data collected by the BodyMedia FIT Armband System. With client or patient permission, health and fitness advisors can log on to users’ BodyMedia FIT Activity Manager accounts for information on daily activities ranging from calorie burn to food intake, and also send comments or recommendations by email or directly to the Activity Manager for easy online coaching.
Data available from each client’s or patient’s Activity Manager includes daily calories burned, steps taken, level of physical activity and sleep patterns as measured by sensors in BodyMedia armbands; food logs that document daily food intake; and goals set by monitor wearers. Advisors can also see activity and dietary adjustment recommendations generated by the BodyMedia system based on each user’s weight and fitness goals, actual calorie expenditure and food intake for the day.
Benefits for professionals include:
- 24×7 visibility into users’ daily eating and exercise behaviors, providing accurate information on which to track user progress as well as base recommendations.
- Easy remote counseling and coaching by email or through the Activity Manager interface used by clients and patients on a daily basis, simplifying communication and message retrieval.
- Improved client/patient engagement to drive success, through the ability to maintain an ongoing dialogue via personalized or group ProConnect messaging between visits.
- Management features for program administrators, providing a central location for tracking and evaluating individual staff members’ coaching activities.
“One of the challenges faced by health and fitness advisors in driving behavioral change is an inability to know exactly how much clients and patients are eating, exercising and sleeping on a daily basis. Our wearable body monitors have been collecting that information for over a decade, and now we have taken it a step further,” said BodyMedia CEO Christine Robins. “With ProConnect, advisors can see that data remotely and send coaching messages from the same screen at any time. This is an effective adjunct that helps clients stick with their program.”
“We have been using the BodyMedia armband system as an activity monitor in our center since 2008, and in our experience, participants using the system’s Activity Manager had similar weight loss and clinical outcomes as those receiving in-person health coaching. That in itself is very valuable,” said Dr. Gregory Welk, Ph.D., Director of Clinical Research and Community Outreach, Nutrition and Wellness Research Center, at Iowa State University. “The ProConnect software provides an even more powerful tool for behavior change because it gives us the flexibility to track and monitor compliance with our behavior change recommendations and participants’ weight loss goals. The more information we have, the better equipped we are to help, and ProConnect gives us insight we didn’t have before.”
BodyMedia is demo’ing ProConnect in Pavilion Station D48 at this week’s DEMO Spring 2012 conference at the Hyatt Regency Silicon Valley.
BodyMedia ProConnect is available immediately for an annual $49 individual subscription (one administrator/coach with unlimited clients) or $399 corporate subscription (unlimited administrators, coaches and clients). More information is available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, calling (412) 288-9901 or visiting www.bodymedia.com/proconnect
More information on the BodyMedia FIT Armband System is available at http://www.bodymedia.com/Products/Learn-More/What-is-BodyMedia-FIT
About BodyMedia, Inc.
When your body talks, BodyMedia listens. BodyMedia has been unlocking and deciphering secrets of the body since 1999. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, BodyMedia is the pioneer in developing and marketing wearable body monitors that equip consumers with information they can use to make sweeping changes to their own health and wellness beginning with weight management and soon to include management of other conditions affected by lifestyle choices. The BodyMedia platform is the only system of its kind that is registered with the FDA as a Class II medical device and that has been clinically proven to enhance users’ weight loss by up to three times (data on file). For more information, visit www.bodymedia.com.
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