OffTheScale, Garmin team-up to fight against obesity, chronic diseases


OffTheScale (OTS) is teaming-up with Garmin to help the ongoing fight against obesity and chronic diseases.

Developed by wellness expert Jay Cardiello, OffTheScale provides a Garmin wearable device to each of its participants. The tracker measures steps taken, and combines it with user data to calculate distance walked, calories burned, activity duration and intensity. This data is then uploaded to the OTS app where a number of features are available, including an overview of physical activity, setting and tracking goals, food and activity logs and interacting with the OffTheScale community.

“We selected Garmin after a thorough review of the wearables marketplace. Garmin’s Vivofit II product has an extraordinary battery life, unique group syncing technology and a high comfort factor,” said OffTheScale co-founder Ashley John Heather. “In our early trials, participants love the devices and by using them, we are able to create a class-leading consumer experience.”

The OTS app supports the three core disciplines of the program, daily motivational feedback, tools to track meal consumption, real-time messaging engine with group leaders, and video content of the OTS exercises.

According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over half of the U.S. population is suffering with chronic conditions. Obesity and chronic disease interventions are being prescribed to at-risk patients by medical professionals, and paid for by insurance providers and employers.