The digital behavioral health coaching program from Omada Health has been shown to reduce overweight and obese seniors' risk of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease by helping them lose weight and adopt healthier behaviors, according to a new study.
Over a three-year span, researchers looked at 1,121 adults age 65 or older who had a baseline body mass index of 24 or higher, plus additional risks for diabetes and heart disease, and were enrolled in the Omada digital coaching program. The program features an initial 16-week online educational program followed by ongoing coaching and notifications to sustain behavioral changes, a social network support group, a professional health coach to facilitate group and individual counseling; and digital tracking tools including a wireless scale and an activity tracker.
Six months after the program started, almost 90 percent of participants had completed at least nine of the 16 lessons in the program, and had lost an average of 6.8 percent of their body weight. This put estimations of cost savings at $1,770 per participant, with additional savings accumulating over the next decade.
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Study shows seniors at risk for diabetes and heart disease lose weight, reduce healthcare costs with Omada's program