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Dieters will draw motivation from new weight-loss visualization app


FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Visual Health Solutions on Friday introduced the Visualize You Weight Change Viewer mobile app, an ultra-sophisticated weight-loss activation tool that uses a photo to display the effects of weight loss on a user's facial appearance in unprecedented detail. Unlike conventional photo manipulations that only stretch or pinch images, the Visualize You Weight Change Viewer app generates a facial image that reflects actual weight-change dynamics aligned with an individual's target weight-loss goal.


The mobile app — developed with The Wellness Institute of the Cleveland Clinic, the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center, and UnitedHealthcare — is meant to motivate individuals embarking on a formal healthy weight program, and enhance compliance. It will be demonstrated for the first time on television on "The Dr. Oz Show" on April 8.


A UnitedHealthcare-sponsored version of the app is now available for free in the Apple App Store or on Google Play. A non-sponsored version can be downloaded for $1.99.


"The Visualize You – Weight Change Viewer app is a major step forward in helping people approach weight loss in a more informed, educated and fun manner," stated Michael Roizen, chairman of wellness at the Cleveland Clinic.  


"The app provides a new perspective on tackling obesity by arming individuals with a visual image of their goal which provides a motivational boost," commented Holly Wyatt, associate professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Diabetes at the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center. "Visualize You – Weight Change Viewer is a breakthrough in that it uses scientifically based algorithms to provide an unparalleled visual representation of what an individual will look like if they change behavior and lose weight. The app offers individuals a clear-cut end goal for weight loss and provides them with an important tool to activate and achieve a successful program."


The mobile app is an extension of a successful PC-based weight loss visualization program that Visual Health Solutions developed with UnitedHealthcare last year. 


"The Visualize You – Weight Change Viewer app is a unique digital tool that can help people reach their weight loss goals," said Brad Hunt of UnitedHealthcare. "We're pleased to support individuals through the use of the app, as they work toward a healthier future."


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