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Retrofit Group Launches Online Meetings for Weight Loss at Work, Disrupts Traditional Corporate Weight Loss Programs
Date:1/2/2014

ering a wide range of treatments,” said Dr. Robert Kushner, MD, Retrofit Advisory Board Member and Director of Northwestern University’s Comprehensive Center on Obesity.

Over the past year, Retrofit corporate client VISTA Staffing Solutions, based in Salt Lake City, lost almost 800 pounds collectively with close to 60 employees on the program. Research shows that they saved nearly $40,000 in healthcare costs. Executives report the staff is “happier and more productive.”

Clarke Shaw, Executive Vice President of VISTA says, “The Retrofit program has created a new vernacular at VISTA. I hear people talking about how many steps they have for the day and how their BMI is trending. We see people eating better and in better portions. People are using our gym and more are taking classes like yoga in our facility during their break time. This likely is leading to better concentration and people generally feeling better about themselves.”

Shaw adds, “Self confidence is a key ingredient in having an engaged, hard working employee – I see that people have more energy and they are applying it to their work at VISTA.”

According to the American Heart Association, the total excess costs related to obesity in the U.S. for 2013 is estimated to be $254 billion in lost productivity and direct medical costs. In addition, if obesity levels continue to rise, total healthcare costs attributable to obesity will reach between $861 billion and $957 billion by 2030.

“Retrofit Group fills a void in the weight loss market,” said Hyman. “The success of Retrofit has proven that real behavior change is derived from regular, expert-led, community-supported behavior change. This sustainable change doesn't just happen one hour per week in a meeting room. It happens all day every day by changing one habit at a time.”

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