ATLANTA, Nov 14 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Vivo (teamvivo.com) a unique virtual, live and interactive fitness program for people 55+, has been awarded a $2.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study how its science-based training strategy and personalized online small group format can improve muscle strength, blood sugar levels and adherence to a fitness program among older adults with prediabetes.
The study is being conducted by Vivo and academic research partner Duke University. The grant was awarded under the NIH’s Fast-Track Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR)
Program by the National Institute on Aging. Vivo is a graduate of the Techstars Future of Longevity Accelerator, in partnership with Pivotal Ventures, a Melinda French Gates company.
The study will measure how effectively participants with prediabetes increase strength, lower average glucose levels and establish a regular fitness regimen through the Vivo concept: live online small group classes; real-time interactive support from trainers experienced in chronic conditions among people 55+; and ongoing live one-on-one assessments that scientifically evaluate progress. Duke University School of Medicine will recruit 90 participants.
“We developed Vivo with the understanding that many potential members will manage chronic conditions that come with aging,” said Eric Levitan, founder and CEO. “This award allows us to demonstrate that Vivo is a clinical intervention for people 55+ to improve outcomes for chronic disease management, overall strength and quality of life.”
“Scientific exercise, along with the involvement and support to sustain commitment, are important elements for success in managing prediabetes. Many fitness facilities are not viable and existing digital health solutions do not inspire accountable habits, so it is important to have good options find for our patients,” said Kathryn Nicole Porter StarrPh.D., RDN, LDN, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine. Dr. Porter Starr is co-primary investigator of the study.
Launched in 2020 and with memberships across the country, Vivo (teamvivo.com) translates the personal training experience into the virtual space through only live, online interactive small group classes with expert trainers. Each class offers a different full-body workout, focusing on function with adaptation for different skill levels. Real-time engagement with coaches, a welcoming non-judgmental environment, and ongoing one-on-one progress reviews have proven to produce rapid double-digit percentage increases in upper and lower body strength, mobility, endurance, and agility. On average, 98% of Vivo members renew monthly. Vivo is also a proven solution and high-value marketable benefit for healthcare providers, health service platforms, insurers and communities of all kinds. (https://www.facebook.com/teamvivo) (https://www.instagram.com/teamvivofitness) (https://www.linkedin.com/company/team-vivo/)
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Disclaimer: Research reported in this press release is supported by the NIH’s National Institute on Aging under Grant Number R44AG076087. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.