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StayWell partners with Rutland Regional Medical Center to improve Osteoporosis Education and Patient Outcomes


Yardley, Penn. (PRWEB) January 27, 2015

The StayWell Company, LLC (StayWell), a leading provider of health education and engagement solutions, announced today that Rutland Regional Medical Center will provide their clinicians with access to StayWell’s custom-created Osteoporosis FastGuide, part of the Krames Patient Education suite of products. Rutland treats an estimated 1,200 osteoporosis patients each year and will use StayWell’s FastGuide to educate patients and improve compliance with osteoporosis treatment plans.

“Our vision is to be the best community healthcare system in New England, and our access to StayWell’s health education resources gets us closer to that goal by standardizing our educational materials for patients with osteoporosis,” said Jill Jesso-White, manager, marketing and public relations, Rutland Regional Medical Center. “Standardized messages are more consistent and increase patient understanding of osteoporosis: from symptoms and diagnosis, to common treatments and patient self-care. This knowledge can produce better outcomes, better quality of life for patients, and increased patient satisfaction for the Rutland care system.”

Krames Patient Education, a product of StayWell, is designed to educate patients to help them better manage their condition, improving health outcomes, quality and patient satisfaction. Content is developed with strict attention to clinical guidelines and adherence to the principles of health literacy design. StayWell content undergoes thorough evaluation and assessment that involves a highly qualified team of research librarians, medical writers, medical illustrators, expert subject matter consultants and production specialists. On average, each piece of content is reviewed twice by a team of 12 to 15 consultants during development to make certain content is evidence-based and clinically accurate.

“We know accurate information is the first step in maintaining your health — information that’s up-to-date, easy to understand, engaging and provides clear action steps to better health,” said David Gregg, M.D., chief medical officer for StayWell. “The Osteoporosis FastGuide focuses on a very common concern for both women and men, as they age: how to maintain good bone health and avoid unnecessary fractures of the spine and hip. With the FastGuide, patients will learn how to prevent osteoporosis through diet, exercise and lifestyle changes; how to screen for osteoporosis; and how to work with their physician to manage osteoporosis.”

To learn more about StayWell, visit http://www.staywell.com. To learn more about the company’s Krames Patient Education print products, visit http://www.kramesstore.com.

About StayWell

StayWell is a health engagement company that helps its clients engage and educate people to improve health and business results. StayWell brings decades of experience working across the health care industry to design solutions that address its clients’ evolving needs. We fuse expertise in health engagement and the science of behavior change with an integrated portfolio of solutions and robust content assets to effectively engage people to make positive health care decisions. StayWell programs have received numerous top industry honors, including the C. Everett Koop National Health Award and the Web Health Award for health engagement programs. StayWell also has received URAC and NCQA accreditation for several of its programs. StayWell is headquartered in Yardley, Pennsylvania, and also has major locations in Salt Lake City, Utah, and St. Paul., Minnesota. To learn more, visit http://www.staywell.com.

About Rutland Regional Medical Center

Established in 1896, Rutland Regional is the second largest hospital in Vermont. Their commitment to quality patient care led to Rutland Regional becoming the first hospital in Vermont to receive both the Governor’s Award for Performance Excellence and Magnet Recognition® for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovation. To learn more, visit http://www.rrmc.org.







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Retrofit Unveils New Weight Management Solution For Corporate Market; Offers Proven Outcomes and Performance Guarantees


Chicago, Ill. (PRWEB) January 21, 2015

Retrofit announces today the launch of a comprehensive weight management solution to help employers successfully tackle the obesity epidemic and associated costs. The solution brings a first-of-its-kind approach to the marketplace, combining one-on-one video coaching with real experts, interactive classes and the social support needed to help the overweight and obese population achieve lasting weight loss. Initial outcomes among current clients are so promising that the company is now offering a weight loss performance guarantee exclusively to its corporate clients adding Retrofit to their overall wellness portfolios.

Several of the nation’s largest corporations are joining Retrofit, including Google, Salesforce.com, the American Hospital Association, and DeVry Education Group. On average, 4 out of 5 Retrofit clients are losing weight and the average participant loses an average of ½ pound to 1 pound per week during a six-month time period.

The company has invested in its highly-effective Retrofit corporate solution meet the growing demands of corporations that are truly passionate about the overall health and happiness of employees.

“Our customers tell us weight management is their number one priority,” said Mary Pigatti, Retrofit CEO. “To date, traditional weight loss solutions have not met employers’ needs. We are pleased to bring a turn-key solution to the corporate market that meets employer demand, delivers proven, sustainable outcomes, drives significant ROI and increases employee engagement. Retrofit is a powerful proven solution that business leaders are hungry for.”

The new six-month Retrofit corporate program features both expert coaching and technology-enabled support that includes:

*Private proactive 1:1 video coaching from registered dietitians, exercise physiologists and behavior coaches with advanced degrees in their disciplines

*Live online interactive classes and expert-moderated online communities

*Private dashboard & mobile app with photo food and exercise logging with proactive, personalized expert feedback

*Integration with Fitbit ™ activity tracker and Wi-Fi scale enabling real-time performance tracking and actionable insights

“Our corporate customers’ populations have varying needs and learning styles. The Retrofit team brings years of consumer marketing insights to the development, design and deployment of the Retrofit solution, allowing us to deliver the program components our customers desire most – flexibility, personalization, engagement, and outcomes,” said Retrofit VP of Product Whitney Durbin.

Director Global Benefits at DeVry Education Group Darin Winckler credits the Retrofit corporate program for contributing to the company’s annual medical savings estimated at $ 67,593. Outcomes at DeVry included a total collective weight loss of 1,600 pounds for its employees, with an average individual loss of 16.7 pounds per person. DeVry reported a total obesity reduction of 15% during its year on the Retrofit program.

“Employees using Retrofit love the program. The feedback we received has been outstanding. People that have been trying to lose weight for 20 to 30 years finally had success with Retrofit,” Winckler said.

In addition to adding this targeted solution to its corporate mix, Retrofit recently debuted a fully redesigned website RetrofitMe.com that features real clients and inspiring stories of how Retrofit is changing and saving lives.

“The new Retrofit website offers a glimpse into a day in the life of our clients,” said Retrofit Chief Marketing Officer Tanya Singer. “Traditional weight loss before and after photos cannot tell the story of the true joys and successes our clients have achieved both at work and home. The site now offers them an opportunity to share their personal journeys with the world.”

As a leader in the field of wellness, Pigatti is confident the new corporate solution will inspire healthy behavior change, reduce healthcare costs and create productive, high performing workplaces.

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.