PALO ALTO, Calif., Feb. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Children and teens can now work directly with professional athletes to develop healthier eating and exercise habits, thanks to a new partnership between digital health weight loss leader Kurbo Health and AthleteBiz.
Kurbo Health is the first mobile coaching solution designed specifically to help children and families exercise more, develop smarter eating habits and lose weight. The program pairs trained coaches with kids on the Kurbo platform to provide support, encouragement, and recommendations tailored to each user's health and fitness goals - all via their mobile devices. Current coaches on the Kurbo platform include professional women's soccer players, handball players, runners and many world-class track and field competitors.
Through the partnership with AthleteBiz, Kurbo now offers Olympic-caliber athletes as coaches for the company's fast growing consumer user base, which has been extended to some of the world's largest employers, health plans, and government entities.
"We've found that athletes who are young, confident and positive are inspiring role models for Kurbo kids. Olympians and sports stars like coach Allison Falk, a former professional soccer player, and coach Mike Delleman, one of the fastest skeleton athletes in the world, bring experience in coaching kids in sports, are passionate about nutrition and exercise, and have had their own experiences in dealing with nutritional challenges and staying motivated in the face of obstacles or setbacks," explains Kurbo CEO and co-founder Joanna Strober. "This partnership with AthleteBiz is yet another innovative way we're helping kids, teens and their families achieve exceptional weight loss outcomes."
According to AthleteBiz founder Jack Wickens, working with Kurbo is a winning proposition for the organization as well, "Athletes in training for world-class competition have a unique ability to motivate children, and often have an intrinsic desire to help young people achieve success. Just like with sports, music, debate, it helps to have a helper. Coaches are there to inspire you to identify blind spots, provide expert advice, and motivate you when you need it."
About Kurbo Health
Kurbo Health provides the first mobile health-coaching solution designed specifically to help children and families lose weight and develop smarter eating habits. It is based on one of the most advanced weight-management programs from Stanford University and has been proven effective in helping kids lose weight and create healthy habits. Kurbo kids and families receive weekly video consults and goal-setting with a trained professional coach via Skype or FaceTime, a mobile app designed to help them track food and exercise on their smartphone, and daily support from a team of experts through emails, text messages and in-app games and videos. Kurbo is backed by venture funding from top-tier investors, including Signia Venture Partners, Bessemer Venture Partners, Data Collective, Promus Ventures and Rock Health. For more information, please visit www.kurbo.com
AthleteBiz is a non-profit platform that helps people and businesses find, follow, hire and support Olympic-calibre, world-class track and field athletes. The organization aims to provide motivation and inspiration to fans and empower the world's best track and field athletes as they pursue their Olympic dreams. From All-Americans to American Record holders and Olympians to World Champions, athletes join the platform to engage with fans, so they can follow their life on and off the track and also seize opportunities to learn from them.
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