Backed by Science

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Root is proven by not only our clinicians and the clinicians we consult with, but also peer reviewed studies. A Carnegie Mellon University study with 400 people over the span of four months showed an increase in fruit and vegetable intake and a decrease in BMI using a mobile clinician interface.

“Dietitian support eliminated the negative association between FV (Fruits and vegetables) and BMI, controlling for peer support, gender, race, age group, daily activity level, # months in study”
— Evaluating Consumer m-Health Services for Promoting Healthy Eating: A Randomized Field Experiment

Most cases of coronary artery disease, stroke, diabetes, and many cancers can be prevented by reducing modifiable risk factors relating to diet and lifestyle.  Reducing rates of these diseases requires a change in behavior, including changes in food intake and physical activity levels. Individuals can change their behavior by modifying their lifestyle, without the use of drugs or expensive medical facilities.


The effectiveness of aI health coaches

Research also shows that artificial intelligence (AI) health coaches are just as effective as other clinically-proven in-person weight loss programs. A peer-reviewed study compared an AI chronic disease platform to the National Diabetes Prevention Program (DDP), a weight loss program focused on type 2 diabetes prevention, and found the results to be comparable. Study participants who used the AI coaching platform had an average of 103 online coaching sessions, and lost an average of 2.4 kg. Another group of participants took part in 22 lifestyle intervention studies, which included in-person coaching. This group lost an average of 2.32 kg. For the group that participated in AI coaching, “the percentage of healthy meals eaten increased by 31 percent.” You can read more about the study here.

Root Health coaching techniques

Our Root clinicians use MNT and ADIME techniques to help individuals manage chronic conditions. MNT, or medical nutrition therapy, is a way of managing diseases by way of nutritional diagnostic, therapy and counseling services. The counseling component serves as “a supportive process to set priorities, establish goals, and create individualized action plans which acknowledge and foster responsibility for self-care.” MNT involves the dietitian assessing the patient’s dietary patterns, which provides information that allows the dietitian to better evaluate the quality and consistency of the patient’s food intake.

The nutrition counseling follows the ADIME framework, which is part of the American Dietetic Association's Nutrition Care Process. The steps in ADIME are assessment, diagnosis, intervention, and monitoring/evaluation. After the initial assessment, the clinician can use the data to identify the specific problem during the diagnosis step. In the intervention phase, the clinician provides tailored suggestions at the right intervention points. The suggestions can include recipes, meal ordering recommendations, food logging, and exercise reminders. In the monitoring/evaluation step, the clinician and the patient evaluate whether or not the planned goals have been met, or if the patient is making progress toward meeting their goals. The ADIME framework is a systematic approach that guides clinicians to provide individualized care, taking the patient’s needs into account.

MNT is proven effective for the treatment of certain chronic conditions, including both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. After reviewing 18 studies involving the use of MNT in the treatment of type 1 or type 2 diabetes, the American Dietetic Association reported “strong support for the effectiveness of MNT provided by RDs in the management of type 1 and type 2 diabetes and suggests that MNT has the greatest potential for impact when diabetes is first diagnosed.” The studies saw measured improvement in A1C levels, and concluded MNT to have a positive effect in the management of diabetes.