Champions of Wellness: Apps & Tech

Meet 10 innovators who are shaping new tools that put health front and center

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Kayla Itsines

Kayla Itsines
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Kayla Itsines is an Australian personal trainer and founder of BBG, or Bikini Body Guides. Her wildly popular meal planning tools and workout app provide women with simple, accessible routines that don't require a gym membership or expensive equipment. She encourages women to feel more confident in their unique bodies and reminds them to play up their own physical and mental strengths rather than comparing themselves to others. Follow Kayla on Instagram @kayla_itsines.

Jason Wersland, DC

Jason Wersland
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Dr. Jason Wersland is an LA-based chiropractor whose painful personal experience inspired him to become a gamechanger in the world of wellness. Wersland developed the TheraGun after a life-changing motorcycle accident and subsequent months of suffering. The handheld device delivers a massage-like treatment, called percussive therapy, that can be used as a non-pharmaceutical option for muscle soreness, stiffness, and recovery. The device has become the go-to pain management strategy for many athletes, fitness pros, everyday exercisers, and other folks who suffer from aches and pains. Follow Jason on Instagram @drjasonwersland.

"Jason has revolutionized the way people can take care of their bodies themselves—from at home, the office, or the gym!" - Michael Lau PT, DPT, Verywell Expert Reviewer

The Wiser Women

The Wiser Women
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The Wiser women—Corin Wiser, M.Ed, and her three daughters Leah, Rebecca, and Hannah—have made it their life’s mission to help women feel empowered, confident, and self-assured. Their app, called Womaze, is designed to provide women with the tools they need to counteract the sometimes damaging and competitive messages that are prevalent on social media. Users find daily motivational reminders, self-care tips, relationship advice, and other inspirational messages to help bolster feelings of self-worth and promote personal growth. Follow them on Instagram @womazeapp.

Lucy Mountain

Lucy Mountain
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Lucy Mountain is a mythbuster extraordinaire with sharp wit and a keen eye for B.S. Her entertaining Instagram posts reveal the truth behind some of the diet and fitness industry’s biggest fibs, but she does so with a humorous twist, so you get to laugh while you learn. For those who want to boost their health, she offers workout and nutritional plans through her app that are evidence-based, effective, and easy-to-do in the privacy of your own home. Follow Lucy on Instagram @lucymountain.

"No one calls out nutrition and fitness nonsense better than Lucy. Her creative posts like comparison charts help us challenge the way we think and develop a healthier relationship with food." - Rachel Berman, RD, Verywell General Manager

Tomer Ben-Kiki

Tomer Ben-Kiki
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After a robust and successful career in the gaming and tech industry, Tomer Ben-Kiki shifted his focus and began to build a digital tool to increase resiliency and boost happiness. That said, he ultimately developed Happify with co-founders Ofer Leidner and Andy Parsons. The emotional fitness platform engages users with interactive games and activities that use the science of positive psychology to improve emotional health. His goal is to make Happify—and tools like it—the next big trend in lifestyle and wellness. Follow the app on Instagram @happify.

Christopher Plowman

Christopher Plowman
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Christopher Plowman is the CEO of Insight Timer, a meditation app with over 10 million users who not only download but also engage with the tool to begin and develop a regular practice. The app provides a paid subscription service but also offers 15,000 free meditation sessions for those who are not ready to invest. Plowman is often considered a key player in the world of conscious capitalism because of his commitment to make meditation accessible to everyone in the world, regardless of their ability to pay. Follow the app on Instagram @insighttimer.

"Christopher is truly enacting change in this world. His platform is unique and true to his mission. Because of this, Insight Timer accounts for over 60 percent of time spent listening to online meditation in North America." – Rachel Berman, RD, Verywell General Manager

Brynn Putnam

Brynn Putnam
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Brynn Putnam is a Harvard-educated fitness influencer and former professional ballerina who has disrupted the home-exercise market with the invention of the Mirror. The stunning, slim, elegantly-designed device delivers live and on-demand fitness programming to your home, allowing you to exercise on your schedule and still get top-level instruction. Putnam was already well-known in the fitness industry as the developer of The Refine Method, a full-body, high-intensity interval training workout, but this young entrepreneur continues to gain attention with her game-changing ideas and innovations. Follow Brynn on Twitter @brynnputnam.

Katrina Starzhynskaya

Katrina Starzhynskaya
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Katrina Starzhynskaya combined the benefits of multiple mind-body therapies when she developed Grippz, a hypoallergenic silicone acupressure yoga mat. After a paralyzing Lyme disease diagnosis, Starzhynskaya found that her yoga practice, along with the Eastern medicine practices of acupressure and reflexology, helped her body heal. This self-described eco-diva promotes holistic wellness through her writing, yoga teaching, and public speaking too. Follow the brand on Instagram @grippzmats.

Lars Rasmussen & Elomida Visviki

Lars Rasmussen and Elomida Visviki
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Runners who use music for motivation will love Lars Rasmussen and Elomida Visviki's groundbreaking app called Weav Run. The savvy tech couple developed the user-facing application so that every time your foot hits the ground, the beat will match your step. Lars and Elomida are planning to bring the unique technology—called adaptive music—to other activities like extreme sports, skiing, dancing, video gaming, and even sex. Follow the brand on Instagram @weavrun.

Elle Huerta

Elle Huerta
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Anyone who has experienced heartbreak (and who hasn’t), will understand why Elle Huerta has become the one to watch in the self-care community. Her app, called Mend, provides research-backed care to those going through a break-up. Huerta developed the concept after experiencing heartbreak herself and finding that online care was lacking. “Menders” participate in a daily healing process developed by experts and also have the opportunity to join a worldwide care community, listen to podcasts, take online courses, or join retreats to rebuild their lives. Follow the app on Instagram @letsmend.

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