Bringing the power of data to an intractable issue like weight loss is long overdue. It's our intent to challenge the weight loss industry in delivering long-term results driven through applied technology. -Retrofit CTO Doug Donohoe
Chicago, IL (PRWEB) June 20, 2013
Techweek Chicago has named Retrofit CEO Jeff Hyman to its list of 100 to Watch, in anticipation of the upcoming Techweek conference, June 27-29, at Chicago’s Merchandise Mart. Retrofit, the online weight loss program for busy professionals, has introduced data-driven weight loss to professionals throughout the country and is democratizing wellness by bringing consumer-driven healthcare to corporations nationwide.
“Technology is instrumental in democratizing wellness and allowing individuals the ability to access information and regimens for healthy living,” said Hyman. "The ability to track and analyze data is a game-changer for the health & wellness industry. The Retrofit weight loss program delivers results by teaching clients how to use innovative tools to combat obesity and support long-term behavior change."
The Retrofit weight loss program leverages the latest in wireless fitness trackers and wi-fi scales to provide data to our expert wellness team, which teaches behavior change to both individuals and corporations interested in a culture of health. The combination of accountability and support has proved successful in reducing healthcare costs due to obesity and its related diseases. More than 90% of Retrofit clients are losing weight.
The Retrofit program delivers remarkable results with its year-long program that includes wireless monitoring of a client’s weight, activity and sleep, as well as private lessons via Skype videoconferencing with weight loss experts, including a registered dietitian, exercise physiologist and behavior coach. Named one of the Top 50 “Best Health & Fitness Apps” of the year by TechCrunch.com, Retrofit was recently called the “front-runner in harnessing wireless technology to help its busy clients lose weight” by Forbes.com.
"Bringing the power of data to an intractable issue like weight loss is long overdue. It's our intent to challenge the weight loss industry in delivering long-term results driven through applied technology," said Retrofit Chief Technology Officer Doug Donohoe. "Retrofit has designed a unique dashboard that is leading the health sector in enabling individuals and corporations to adopt healthy behavior change through technology."
The 2013 Techweek100 identifies those Chicago individuals who are impacting the business and technology landscape on a significant scale. The Techweek100 includes those like Hyman who are managing fast-growing technology companies, prominent sector investors, key contributing enablers of the digital ecosystem, those at the forefront of creating new technology platforms, and other innovators that bring surprising new ideas to an expanding field.
The Techweek100 is a list of 100 technology leaders chosen by the Techweek community, the Techweek Advisory Boards, and the Techweek team. In addition to Retrofit CEO Jeff Hyman, this year’s list includes: J.B. Pritzker, Partner & Founder, New World Ventures; Logan LaHive, Founder & CEO, Belly; Rahm Emanuel Mayor, City of Chicago; Andrew Mason, Founder & Former CEO, Groupon; and Desiree Vargas Wrigley, Co-founder & CEO, GiveForward.
The panel topic, “Democratizing Wellness: Technology Empowering Healthy Living” is part of the WellTech Summit taking place on the Summit Stage Saturday June 29, 2013 4:00pm - 4:30pm.
Hyman is speaking alongside Shradha Agarwal, the co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of ContextMedia, Ralph Gaines CEO, beBetter Health and moderator Andrea Metcalf, Healthy Lifestyle Advocate for NBC's "TODAY Show", Oprah.com, "Good Morning America" Health and the American Council on Exercise.
For interviews or press passes to attend the panel discussion, please contact Jennifer Zeidler, Retrofit Director of PR & Social Media at jenniferz[at]retrofitme[dot]com.
About Retrofit CEO Jeff Hyman
Jeff is the Founder and CEO of Retrofit, a Chicago-based weight loss program offering Private Lessons for busy professionals. He has a passion for creating innovative and human-powered companies, which led to a career in the talent management field, where he was Founder and CEO of three internet-based service companies. He is an active member in Young Presidents' Organization. He holds a BS from The Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from The Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Retrofit, the expert-led, data-driven weight loss program for busy professionals, is designed to deliver lasting results. Its innovative year-long program includes wireless monitoring of a client’s weight, activity and sleep, as well as private lessons with a registered dietitian, exercise physiologist and behavior coach. Retrofit has raised $8 million in a Series A financing led by Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ), bringing the total investment in Retrofit to $10.7 million. 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.
Techweek's mission is to showcase, celebrate and enable emerging innovation ecosystems. Now in its third year, Techweek Chicago, June 27-29 at the Merchandise Mart, is the largest technology conference and expo in the Midwest, and culminates a full week of partner-sponsored and related events. New this year, the conference will feature multi-session summit topics highlighting key technology industry trends in the areas of education, media, finance, health & wellness, fashion, and international expansion. This fall, Techweek expands with events in both Los Angeles and New York City. For more information, visit techweek.com.