Evidence-based health and well-being for entire populations.

Pro-Change’s Algorithms are now Integrated into Breakthrough Health & Wellness

South Kingstown, RI. (October 7, 2014)

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Breakthrough Health & Wellness Solutions, Inc. (Breakthrough) is now using Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc.’s evidence-based weight management staging measures to further individualize their fitness and weight loss offering, Online Boot Camp. Integration of the staging measures will allow Breakthrough to expand their patented interval training- based program of personalized fitness and personalized nutrition to now include personalized motivation. Breakthrough will utilize Pro-Change’s measures to determine their member’s stage of change for regular exercise, healthy eating, and emotional eating, at the start and throughout participation in Online Boot Camp. Once assessed, tailored messaging and guidance will be given to members and each member’s personalized motivation plan will evolve with them as they move through the Stages of Change.

Jonathan Roche, Founder and CEO of Breakthrough said, “The ability to speak to our members, exactly where they are in their health and wellness journey is essential. Our mission is to positively transform millions of lives and adding personalized motivation is a significant step forward. Using Pro-Change’s measures takes the guesswork out of determining what guidance our members need.”

Breakthrough and Pro-Change have signed a 5-year exclusivity agreement for integrating staging algorithms in the duration-based online fitness and weight loss space. In the crowded online fitness market, which now includes the explosion of wearable devices, this agreement allows Breakthrough the opportunity to provide a comprehensive fitness and weight loss offering unlike any other in the industry.

Roche further said, “We are excited that 69% of our Online Boot Camp participants who complete an 8-week Online Boot Camp, lose weight and achieve an average annualized weight loss of 24 pounds and an average annualized BMI reduction of 4 points. We are confident that partnering with Pro-Change and leveraging their expertise and thought leadership in the science of behavior change will increase our industry-leading results.”

Pro-Change Receives NIDA SBIR Contract

South Kingstown, RI. (August 13, 2014)

 

Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc. has received its first Small Business Innovation Research Contract from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The Phase I contract was awarded for the topic “Technological Tools to Facilitate Implementation of Evidence-Based Substance Abuse Prevention Interventions among the Military.” The project aims not only to identify the best practices for evidence-based substance abuse prevention programs, but also to develop and test a tool to implement those practices for military personnel. A functional prototype intervention will be developed using a participatory design approach and tested in a small pilot.

“While many effective, evidence-based substance abuse prevention programs exist in the general population, not all meet the unique needs of military personnel. And even fewer of those programs take advantage of the military’s advanced use of innovative technologies,” stated Kerry E. Evers, PhD., Senior Vice President at Pro-Change and the project lead. The behavioral focus of the project includes tobacco, alcohol, and other substances (including prescription drug abuse). The project will extend its focus to other behaviors that impact on substance abuse and are included in the Total Force Fitness (TFF) paradigm (such as stress management, sleep management, and depression prevention). Through the use of cutting edge science in multiple behavior change, the prototype will address many of those behaviors.

The team will begin the project by conducting an extensive literature search on existing evidence-based prevention interventions and will conduct interviews with expert consultants. This will inform the development of a prototype technological tool which will be tested for feasibility and acceptability in a pilot study. A team of military personnel will be engaged throughout the course of the project to offer their insights on the usability, acceptability, and qualitative reviews of the prototype.

This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHSN271201400023C.