- Yes Health is an all-mobile DPP platform, through which users engage in lessons, log food and activity, and receive coaching through the Yes Health app.
- Each user receives a personal plan from his or her coach that includes suggested meals, fitness activities, and well-being exercises (e.g., meditation).
- Yes Health markets directly to the consumer, meaning individuals can enroll and participate.
- Yes Health’s partnership with the UCSF Diabetes Center offers additional learning opportunities to improve mobile DPPs, as users can “opt in” to have their data shared anonymously and analyzed.
Yes Health is an all-mobile translation of the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). Through the mobile app, available for iOS and Android, users log food and physical activity, receive health education, and interact with a personal health coach. Each user gets a personal plan from their coach that includes suggested meals, fitness activities, and well-being exercises (e.g. meditation). Available 14 hours a day, coaches provide motivation and custom recommendations on nutrition and fitness. Users can log nutrition and physical activity, or upload photos to receive feedback from their coaches. Yes Health’s currently costs $39 per month during the 16-week core program, and then $15 per month thereafter for the maintenance program.
Why It Stands Out
Yes Health, while it’s still fairly new, is notable for being an entirely mobile version of the DPP. When it was introduced in late 2015, it differentiated itself from several comparable programs (e.g. Omada and Canary Health), that are either partly or entirely web-based. Yes Health has a potential leg up in convenience, as the entire program is contained in the single app, minimizing the navigation for the user. Even as a single, compact app, Yes Health maintains the major element of personal support. Through the app, users are matched with and have access to live health coaches who are available to provide one-on-one feedback. The increased convenience of an all-in-one-app setup—with the maintained benefit of personal coaching and feedback—makes Yes Health is a promising new player in digital DPPs. Furthermore, while many programs (e.g. Omada,) are marketed to healthcare and insurance providers, Yes Health is marketed directly to the consumer, meaning it any interested individual can become a user without needing to go through an employer. Lastly, Yes Health’s partnership is with the UCSF Diabetes Center, offers additional learning opportunities to improve mobile DPPs, as users can “opt in” to have their data shared anonymously and analyzed to develop stronger and more personal behavioral interventions.
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