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Roche Diabetes Care to promote healthy lifestyle digital programme.

Published: March 2018

  • Evidence-based digital programme to help with lifestyle management and weight loss1,2
  • Programme includes health coaching, optional wearable tech, group support and structured educational content on healthy eating, sleep, physical activity and stress management
  • Roche Diabetes Care partners with OurPath.

Roche Diabetes Care has partnered with OurPath to promote its innovative programme to consumers across the UK. The evidence-based digital programme is designed to help people build healthier habits by encouraging sustainable weight loss and behavioural change1.

Recent NHS statistics indicate that more than half of the adult population are overweight or obese3 and that more than a third of adults in England are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes4. But research demonstrates successful lifestyle intervention can significantly reduce diabetes development5.

OurPath, a health technology start-up founded by two Oxbridge graduates, is backed by leading experts on the science of sustained weight loss6. OurPath is one of five providers that have been selected to pilot digital interventions as part of the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHS DPP)7.

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What the partnership offers

OurPath in partnership with Accu-Chek® offers consumers the opportunity to sign themselves up to the digital programme. Included in the programme price is a starter kit containing valuable tools including: smart weighing scales*; a wearable activity tracker*; recipe book and handbook to support users as they progress through the programme.

During the first six weeks, the OurPath programme focuses on ‘reset & restore’. Users are assigned their own health coach who assists with goal-setting, provides tailored nutritional advice, daily encouragement and evidence-based education articles via the smartphone app. Additionally, the app enables small groups of users to connect with each other and their coach, ensuring support is available in a flexible way to fit into users’ daily lives. The programme content promotes positive mindset shifts and addresses a range of important health topics including nutrition, sleep, physical activity, and stress management.

OurPath coach Mel Hudson, a Registered Nutritionist with a specialism in Nutritional Science, said: “It’s very rewarding being part of a successful programme which supports people to develop healthy lifestyles in a safe and sensible manner. I thoroughly enjoy providing people with the knowledge and skills they need to improve their health and encouraging them to reach their goals whilst enjoying their lifestyles”.

After six weeks, users move onto OurPath’s ‘sustain’ programme, which aims to keep them on track with their health goals for the long term. Users can continue to chat to their support group and health coach, as well as access evidence-based education articles.

Brett Lewis, General Manager of Roche Diabetes Care UK & Ireland, said: “I’m delighted to announce our new partnership with OurPath, whose innovative programme is already demonstrating some fantastic results. We are looking forward to a successful future together.”

Available from: www.OurPath.co.uk

* Price options: £30 per month (3 month programme) OR £60 per month (3 month programme) including smart scales and activity tracker.

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1 The Future Healthcare Journal reported 8.2% weight loss at 6 months for the service evaluation of a digital behavioural change programme [accessed 24.01.18]

2 Bodyweight reduction of 5-7% is associated with a 50% reduction in type 2 diabetes risk. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3832727/ [accessed 24.01.18]

3 http://digital.nhs.uk/catalogue/PUB23742 [accessed 28.11.2017] NHS Digital. Statistics on Obesity, Physical Activity and Diet. England 2017. In 2015, 58% of women and 68% of men were overweight or obese.

4 Mainous III AG, Tanner RJ, Baker R, et al. Prevalence of prediabetes in England from 2003 to 2011: population-based, cross sectional study. BMJ Open 2014;4:e005002. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2014005002

5 Long-terms effects of lifestyle intervention or metformin on diabetes development and microvascular complications over 15-year follow-up: the Diabetes Prevention Program Outcomes Study. Lancet Diabetes Endocrinol. 2015. (3): 866-75. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S2213-8587(15)00291-0

6 An Expert Reference Group has been formed to guide the development and implementation of the NHS DPP. https://www.england.nhs.uk/diabetes/diabetes-prevention/exp-ref-grp/ [accessed 24.01.18]

7 NHS DPP digital stream. https://www.england.nhs.uk/diabetes/digital-innovations-to-support-diabetes-outcomes/nhs-diabetes-prevention-programme-digital-stream/ [accessed 24.01.18]