CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - August 08, 2016) - Retrofit, a leading provider of weight-management and disease-prevention solutions, and the Service Employees International Union's (SEIU) 775 Benefits Group in Washington state, today announced that they have partnered to help the organization's home care workers become healthier.
"Home care workers are dedicated, selfless professionals who are focused on tending to the needs of others," said Mary Pigatti, CEO, Retrofit. "Retrofit is honored to help them make their own health a priority to better care for their patients."
Twenty-five percent of SEIU 775 Benefits Group members are morbidly obese, an additional 17 percent are obese and 32 percent percent are overweight placing them at a disproportionate risk for obesity-related chronic health conditions.
"Home care workers prioritize their clients, and after a physically-taxing work day that frequently includes long, erratic hours and being in someone else's home, healthy living can be challenging," said Leslie Phillips, SEIU 775 Benefits Group Director of Health and Safety. "We selected Retrofit as a resource to give home care workers tools and support to improve their health and maintain a high quality of care for their clients."
Home care workers, who meet the criteria, will be enrolled in a pilot program to receive expert coaching via video. They also will have access to an activity tracker and a Wi-Fi scale for self-monitoring, a smart app and dashboard for tracking and notifications, expert-led interactive classes and social support from an online community to encourage healthy behaviors.
About the SEIU 775 Benefits Group
The SEIU 775 Benefits Group, a Taft-Hartley Trust formed by the SEIU 775 Union and participating employers, including the State of Washington, provides high-quality, professional training and affordable health benefits to support Northwest Home Care Aides in delivering compassionate care in Washington and Montana.
Retrofit offers weight-management and disease-prevention solutions that help tackle obesity and related conditions to deliver proven outcomes and lasting results. Eighty-eight percent of Retrofit participants lose weight and 81 percent keep it off 12 months later. Retrofit clients also are two times happier than those on other weight-loss programs, according to a recent customer satisfaction survey. Retrofit contributes its success to five key factors: 1) a scientifically based program design; 2) highly credentialed experts who drive a personalized experience and true engagement; 3) a data-driven, high-tech/ high-touch approach; 4) the adaptability of the program to integrate or run discreetly within broader wellness ecosystems, and 5) "happiness delivered" with proven outcomes that transform lives.