Shape Up RI Debuts New Model for Promoting Health & Wellbeing in Rhode Island



PROVIDENCE, RI—ShapeUp, the leading global provider of holistic wellbeing solutions, announced today that its community initiative, Shape Up RI, will embark on a new path to continue promoting health and wellbeing within the Rhode Island community. After a decade of engaging Rhode Islanders in local, online fitness challenges, the organization has adopted a new set of core activities for 2016 and beyond:

Community Grants – Shape Up RI will award annual financial grants to projects run by Rhode Island 501©3 organizations that support health and wellbeing in underserved populations.
Community Wellness Events – Throughout the year, the entire Rhode Island community will be invited to attend fun, high profile, healthy events that will be free and open to the public.
Learning Labs – To continue its track record of using innovative technology to promote wellbeing, Shape Up RI will offer community members a chance to take part in special research projects to help define the future of health promotion on a global scale.
Dr. Rajiv Kumar, founder and CEO of ShapeUp and founder of Shape Up RI shared this message with the community:



“Ten years ago, I started this organization during my first year at Brown Medical School as a campaign to promote healthier lifestyles in Rhode Island. Since then, we’ve been proud to host our popular and effective statewide fitness challenges on an annual basis. Dozens of community organizations, hundreds of employers, and tens of thousands of Rhode Islanders joined our campaign over the years, and we are incredibly grateful for their support and enthusiasm. Together, by leveraging the power of social support and grassroots change, we’ve made a tremendous and lasting impact on the health of our fellow Rhode Islanders, judged not only by the published studies that demonstrate our success but also by the countless success stories that have poured in from people across the state. We thank the entire community for their support of our efforts over the past decade, and we look forward to continuing our work to improve the health and lives of our fellow Rhode Islanders.”

Companies that have offered the Shape Up RI team fitness challenge as a benefit to employees in the past are encouraged to reach out to ShapeUp Inc. directly to learn about the company’s full suite of innovative employee wellbeing solutions. ShapeUp currently supports over two million employees at 700 companies worldwide, including HP, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Boeing, Southwest Airlines, and Aon. For more information, please visit http://www.shapeup.com/.



About ShapeUp

ShapeUp is the leading global provider of holistic and engaging employee wellbeing solutions. Founded in 2006 by Drs. Rajiv Kumar and Brad Weinberg, ShapeUp has pioneered a revolutionary approach called Social Wellness™ that uses the power of trusted social networks, behavior change science, and engaging technology to enhance the lives of employees around the world. ShapeUp’s platform is available in 138 countries and is used by more than 700 employers. Learn more about ShapeUp at http://www.shapeup.com/.



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