Provides employers and their employees the first mobile-based health
coaching and weight loss program for children and their families.
Kurbo Health’s innovative combination of technology, personal
intervention and inclusive family engagement promotes healthier
families and more productive workplaces.
Mercer provides market insights and product development guidance to
curate an employer solution that supports a sustainable, vibrant
culture of well-being.
Alliance of these industry leaders will provide clients with a mobile
health solution that improves the health of families.
NEW YORK & PALO ALTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Mercer
Health and Benefits LLC (“Mercer”) announced today it has formed an
alliance with Kurbo
Health to provide employers with a proven mobile health coaching and
weight loss program created specifically for kids, teens and families.
Childhood obesity affects one in three children in the United States1,
and its impact on children and their health is clear such as increased
risk for heart disease and diabetes. Less well known are the effects of
childhood obesity on families and their employers, which include higher
health care costs, decreased productivity at work and increased family
With this alliance, Mercer will combine its world-class health benefits
consulting capabilities and market reach with Kurbo Health’s platform,
which combines ease of a mobile app with the proven science of the
Stanford’s Pediatric Weight Control Program to help shape healthy eating
and physical activity among children and families. The Mercer/Kurbo
alliance will help employers assist employees and their families in
reducing childhood obesity, thereby empowering healthier families while
also reducing healthcare costs.
“Employers have developed a keen understanding that the family dynamic
has a huge influence on the productivity and overall well-being of the
employee,” said Mercer’s Dr. David Kaplan, Senior Partner and Leader of
its Health Innovation LABS. “Overweight children are 20 times more
likely to need medical care, miss an average of 12 days of school, and
incur three times higher medical costs2. This directly
impacts our clients and their employees through reduced productivity,
increased absenteeism and higher medical costs.”
The Kurbo platform consists of three components: an intelligent mobile
app that tracks food and activity and provides nutrition and exercise
education, a sophisticated automated feedback system facilitating
real-time healthy food decisions, and one-to-one support from
well-trained coaches who are paired to best suit to the child’s
personality and interests.
“Our alliance with Mercer is a major milestone for Kurbo Health that
will enable employers to change the trajectory of kids’ lives through
our holistic, educational and motivational approach to family weight
loss and healthy living,” said Joanna Strober, Founder and CEO of Kurbo
Health. “With Kurbo, 88 percent of children reduce their BMI and
maintain this reduced BMI 12 months later. We also see that 55 percent
of parents lose weight, and more than 80 percent of parents say their
family has adopted healthier habits and stress has decreased.”
The Mercer strategic alliance with Kurbo Health represents one of the
initial solutions brought to market by Mercer’s Health Innovation LABS
team. Mercer remains on the forefront of the evolutionary changes
occurring in the healthcare landscape and is committed to evaluating
emerging trends and identifying promising solutions. The LABS team
engages with innovative companies to accelerate the development of their
ideas and test them with forward-thinking employers. Their work helps
employers navigate the rapidly changing healthcare environment, launch
clinically impactful programs and improve the health of their employees
Mercer is a global consulting leader in talent, health, retirement and
investments. Mercer helps clients around the world advance the health,
wealth and careers of their most vital asset – their people. Mercer’s
more than 20,000 employees are based in 43 countries and the firm
operates in over 140 countries. Mercer is a wholly owned subsidiary
of Marsh & McLennan Companies (NYSE:MMC), a global professional services
firm offering clients advice and solutions in the areas of risk,
strategy and people. With annual revenue of $13 billion and 60,000
colleagues worldwide, Marsh & McLennan Companies is also the parent
company of Marsh, a leader in insurance broking and risk management; Guy
Carpenter, a leader in providing risk and reinsurance intermediary
services; and Oliver Wyman, a leader in management consulting. For more
information, visit www.mercer.com.
Follow Mercer on Twitter @Mercer.
About Kurbo Health
Kurbo Health provides the only mobile health-coaching solution designed
specifically to help children and families lose weight and develop
healthy eating habits. Kurbo’s comprehensive solution includes a mobile
app, an easy-to-use traffic light system for tracking food, and 1-1
support from well-trained coaches. The program empowers participants to
learn better eating habits, increase their activity levels and take
control of their weight. Kurbo licensed the Stanford University
pediatric weight control program and turned it into a mobile platform.
The result is a high-tech, high-touch program that is achieving
exceptional outcomes. Kurbo Health enables employers, health plans, and
providers to achieve outstanding weight management outcomes for children
and their families. For more information, please visit www.kurbo.com.