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Meet Coach Lindsay: Dessert loving-outdoor adventure gal

Lindsay wanted to become a Kurbo Coach so she could inspire kids and families to live healthier lives. I believe that healthier lives mean happier and more fulfilled lives. I love meeting kids who are all at different stages in their health journeys. Each person I work with through Kurbo is so unique and I often learn a lot from the people I coach.”

As a coach, she is constantly inspired by her Kurbo kids and how determined they are to get healthier.  My most memorable moment was when I met a Kurbo kid who had decided to try out the program himself and was hoping that if it went well, his parents would also join.”

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It’s Here!

The newest cookbook has arrived and is available for a free download! These healthy recipes are all from our Kurbo coaches and Kurbo kids and we hope you find them just as delicious as we do. Whether you are thinking of a new dish to bring to a holiday party or want to revamp your entire holiday dinner, you will find it in this book. Download today!

 

 

American Journal of Health Promotion Highlights Kurbo

In the latest issue of the American Journal of Health Promotion, Kurbo CEO and Co-founder Joanna Strober, is featured as an influential thinker in the wellness field. Kurbo was honored for being among the top innovative products and an example of “The Art of Health Promotion.” Through her creativity and innovation, Strober has created a program app that uses its digital environment to support and motivate kids and families to live healthier lives. Read more about Kurbo’s mission and Strober’s future plan. Check out the full article.

Kurbo Founder Tells Family Success Story to Goodhousekeeping

Kurbo CEO Joanna Strober shares with Goodhousekeeping magazine the story of her son’s struggle with his weight, along with her anxiety and feelings of powerlessness that came with it. As a mother, wanting the best for your child is inevitable, but when it comes to weight management, sometimes a parent isn’t the right person to enforce eating habits. Joanna explains this led to fights with her son, and after countless Google searches for alternative solutions, she decided to call her longtime friend Thea Runyan, who was the lead coach at Stanford’s Pediatric Weight Control Center. After realizing there was no way for Joanna’s son to participate virtually, Joanna and Thea continued to talk about creating their own solution, and soon Kurbo was established. Read More

Teen Weight Loss Success Story: Cora gains self-control and self-confidence

Cora decided to join Kurbo to gain confidence and control over her weight. I was gaining a lot of weight in short periods of time. I was doing the same things, but I just kept gaining weight so we went to the doctor and he told us about Kurbo. We’re finishing up our 3 month free period given by the clinic, and now but we’re going to subscribe to another 6 months! Now it is just a part of my everyday life,” Cora shares.  

She worked with Coach Lauren to set goals and learn which foods to eat more of. I like it because it’s not too difficult. They give you a guide and you don’t have to add and subtract a lot of points, it’s just that you have a certain number of red lights for the week. The program helped me see that I had previously been eating foods I thought were healthy but actually weren’t and vice versa. For example, I didn’t know hummus was a red (unless you make it yourself) and guacamole is actually a yellow but I had thought it was a red!” Cora says.  

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MedCity Honors Kurbo for Innovative Patient Engagement

Kurbo was named among the Top 3 health start-ups for innovative patient engagement by a panel of health industry experts organized by the health industry publication MedCity.  MedCity’s editorial team chose 15 finalists from about 60 total submissions, and then the final three were chosen by a panel of industry experts.  Patient engagement is key to get patients involved in their own health and is the cornerstone for some of the behavior change that is necessary to move the needle in healthcare.

“Enabling patients to achieve their care plan is one of the thorniest issues in healthcare,” said Nancy Fabozzi, principal analyst for Connected Health at Frost & Sullivan and one of the judges on the panel.  The other judges who chose Kurbo as second runner-up were Dave deBronkart, also known as ePatient Dave;  Dr. Fred Rachman, CEO of Alliance of Chicago Community Health Services; and Lygeia Ricciardi, a national thought leader in consumer engagement and digital health.

Kurbo works closely with its Fortune 100, Medicaid and other institutional partners to ensure high enrollment  in its effective weight loss and fitness program.  In addition to taking a customized, multi-channel digital and offline approach to increase awareness and engagement with each partner, the Kurbo program itself was designed at the start to solve many key challenges to successful implementation.  As a mobile app, it ensures that participants of all ages, incomes and demographics have easy access.  Then daily feedback from Kurbo’s team of trained coaches help keep participants on track.  90 percent of participants who complete Kurbo’s initial 12-week program lose weight and improve BMI, along with their entire family achieving health benefits.

“Childhood obesity is a serious problem in the United States — with overall prevalence over 17%, highest in older children and adolescents — and health care providers struggle to find and implement effective interventions,” Dr.Rachman said. “Kurbo has taken an evidence-based intervention and made it accessible to children via mobile devices.”

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Sugar-free Sweet Valentine: Try Something New!

 

Young Girl Making Paper Valentine Hearts

Reading through several definitions of Valentine’s Day, no where did I see that February 14 is a day devoted to consuming large amounts of candy and increasing our kid’s BMI.

Most definitions say something like this:

“February 14, observed in honor of St. Valentine as a day for the exchange of valentines and other tokens of affection.”

Gone are the days of making homemade cards with doilies, construction paper and stickers. Valentine’s Day has transformed into a classroom competition of who can give out the most candy. (No wonder childhood obesity is on the rise!)

Sounds innocent enough, however, multiply the candy cards by 25-30 kids, add in a class party with cookies and juice, continue the celebration with friends and family and it is starting to look a lot like Halloween,  just when we’ve finally gotten over the winter holiday festivities!

strawberry skewer

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Try something new this year. Try something that is good for your kid’s health and wellness. Consider showing love and appreciation for family and friends the old fashioned way. Get creative with cards and consider preparing this “healthy” valentine treat for a party or celebration.

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Visit Kurbo’s Pinterest page for more Valentine’s Day ideas!

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A Kurbo Coach gives you personalized advice and support to help you (and your family) manage their weight and feel great.  88% of our members using Kurbo Coaches reach their weight loss goals.

To learn more about how to manage your family’s health and weight, visit our website at Kurbo.com.

Healthier Gingerbread Cookies: A “Light Red” Treat for the Holidays!

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Tasty and adorable – these low fat and low sugar Gingerbread cookies are sure to please!

You can feel better about budgeting for what we’re calling our “light red” healthier gingerbread cookies.  We cut down on fat and sugar by replacing some of the butter and refined sugar with applesauce, brown sugar, and blackstrap molasses.  Also, we replaced some of the white flour with whole-wheat pastry flour.

So go ahead, budget and feel good about making our “light red” gingerbread cookies for your family!

Ingredients

*  4 tbsp unsalted butter, softened

*  1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar

*  1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

*  1 egg

*  1/3 cup Blackstrap molasses

*  2 cups all-purpose white flour and 1 cup whole wheat flour

*  1 tsp baking soda

*  1 tsp ground cloves

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • Blend the dry ingredients together with a whisk in a medium-sized bowl
  • Cream the butter and brown sugar with a blender until light and fluffy
  • Beat the blackstrap molasses, apple sauce, and egg into the butter mixture
  • Slowly incorporate the dry ingredients into the mixture with a wooden spoon
  • Use your hands to knead the dough slightly and form into a ball
  • Wrap the dough in parchment/wax paper and chill in the refridgerator until firm enough to roll (about 15-20 minutes)
  • On parchment paper or lightly floured surface, roll out sections of the dough
  • Use your gingerbread men cookie cutters or your favorite holiday cutters to cut into shapes
  • Use spray oil on a cookie sheet and place cookies on sheet about 1 inch apart
  • Bake in 375 degree oven for 6 to 8 minutes

Optional Cookie Icing

*  1 cup powdered sugar

*  2 tbsp. water

*  1/4 t. pure vanilla extract

Whisk all the ingredients together until there are no lumps.  Cut a tiny whole off the corner of a plastic sandwich bag.  Pipe the icing through the plastic bag and decorate as you wish!

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Accelerate and improve your weight loss success
with a FREE WEEK of Kurbo Coaching

Making changes to your eating and fitness habits is hard and that’s why we have coaches ready to help.  Just by downloading the Kurbo app, you get a free Coaching call with one of our expert health coaches.

You can use this session to:

  • Talk about your goals.
  • Learn more about how to get the most out of the Kurbo app.
  • Get motivated!

Call 1-800-444-7158 or email us at freeweek@kurbo.com to schedule a time that works for you—we can’t wait to talk to you!