Kurbo, First Mobile Weight Loss Program for Children and Teens, Enhances Coaching with New iOS In-App Chat and Messaging from Coaches

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Kurbo Health announced today it has added in-app chat and messaging to provide additional support and coaching channels for kids and teens to eat smart and reach their healthier weight.

Kurbo's new and improved iOS app adds chat with coaches

“Because regular interaction between Kurbo kids and their coaches is so critical to their successes, we built the ability to easily engage and communicate right into our app,” explained Kurbo CEO Joanna Strober.

Kurbo Health, which offers the first mobile weight loss program for children and teens, announced today it has added in-app chat and messaging to provide additional support and coaching channels for kids and teens to eat smart and reach their healthier weight. While in the past, Kurbo users communicated with their coaches via text message and phone or video calls, now they can receive daily tips, advice, and supportive reminders through their in-app chat window. For paid users, they will be able to communicate with their personal coaches directly through in-app chat.

“Kurbo kids love to talk to their coaches,” explained Kurbo founder and CEO Joanna Strober. “And because regular interaction between Kurbo kids and their coaches is so critical to their successes, we wanted to build the ability to easily engage and communicate right into our app.”

How the Kurbo Program Works
Unlike adult-oriented programs that focus on calorie-counting, which can be dangerous for children, Kurbo is a comprehensive, evidence-backed system designed to empower and encourage kids to make healthier lifestyle choices. A digital adaptation of Stanford’s renowned pediatric weight control program, Kurbo follows the well-known “Traffic Light Diet” food classification system, which encourages users to consume fewer “red foods” (i.e., processed foods high in sugar and fat), more “greens” (most fruits and vegetables) and “yellows” (e.g., whole grain breads, dairy products, lean meats, etc.) in moderation.

Within the Kurbo app itself, features include the food and exercise tracker, as well as fun games, budgeting tools, helpful videos, weekly challenges and progress screens. Users also receive feedback and recommendations based on tracker entries, as well as personal coaching in the form of weekly phone calls or video chats with a live coach.

About Kurbo Health
Kurbo Health provides the first mobile coaching solution that is designed specifically to help children and families lose weight and develop smarter eating skill. It is based on one of the most advanced weight-management programs from Stanford University and 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. The company has offices in San Francisco and Palo Alto. For more information, please visit http://www.kurbo.com.

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