Local youth participating in Florida Hospital’s Weight and Wellness Program, a comprehensive education and treatment program that leads obese and overweight children and their parents to improved weight and overall better health, will soon benefit from virtual health coaching to improve their success. Grant support from the Winter Park Health Foundation (WPHF) will provide 100 new Weight and Wellness Program participants who live in Winter Park, Maitland, or Eatonville, and/or attend one of the WPHF Coordinated Youth Initiative partner schools, with subscriptions to the Kurbo health coaching app, enabling them to track their nutrition and exercise habits and receive health coaching.
Kurbo combines the use of a state-of-the-art mobile app with expert health coaching to help families learn better eating habits, exercise more and take control of their weight to become healthier and more confident. Using the Kurbo app, local youth and their families will track their food intake and exercise activities, as well as engage with fun games, challenges and videos to learn healthy habits. Through weekly check-ins with their assigned Kurbo health coach, participants and their families will be provided with personalized recommendations, feedback, and encouragement leading to an increased level of engagement with the Weight and Wellness Program. It is expected those program participants who are provided the Kurbo services will have higher engagement, increased weight loss/BMI reduction, and an increased number of adopted healthy behaviors. Data will be collected and analyzed to substantiate the anticipated outcomes. If proven effective, use of virtual health coaching will be incorporated into the program’s protocol.
The Weight and Wellness Program team will have full access to the Kurbo dashboard, allowing them to use the same information the program participant’s health coach is using. This will provide the Weight and Wellness Program team with the capacity to create detailed nutrition and exercise analysis, customized interventions, and increase communication with the youth participants and their families.