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Gruve Technologies Awarded NIH Grant to Create and Validate a Device to Measure Calories Burned Through NEAT Activity

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Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) May 06, 2014

Gruve Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of scientifically-proven health and weight loss products, announces it has been awarded a grant from the National Institute of Health (NIH) for the development of a highly accurate monitoring device to measure the number of calories burned through NEAT™ activity. The grant is in conjunction with Mayo Clinic and Dr. James Levine. The grant is intended to take a scientific standard and apply it, in a scalable fashion, to populations for management of health and wellness. The NIH provides grants to support the advancement of its mission to enhance health, extend healthy life, and reduce the burdens of illness and disability.

Leading obesity expert, James Levine, M.D., and the Mayo Clinic Active Life Research Team spent 10 years conducting medical research that found the lack of movement in daily life is the largest contributing factor to the obesity epidemic. Non Exercise Activity Thermogenesis, known as NEAT focuses on the daily calories one burns while doing normal, non-exercise activity. These activities include such things as walking to meetings, pacing while on the phone, cleaning the house, shopping, or standing while you talk to a friend. NEAT, to put it simply, is one of the major factors in weight reduction in an individual. Increasing NEAT activity is tied to reducing obesity risk factors including percent body fat, Body Mass Index (BMI), cholesterol, the HDL/LDL ratio, and plasma triglycerides. Scientific research found that increasing NEAT in daily life burns more calories than short-term intense exercise due to the whole body movements and longer duration.

"The grant allows us an opportunity to take monitoring NEAT and validate its use in the management of obesity and the associated health risks posed by obesity. NEAT is an effective and easy way to help people manage health issues and sustain weight loss long term," says Dr. Robert Gauthier, CEO, Gruve Technologies, Inc. "NEAT is the new standard in activity monitoring. Accurately tracking activity, and knowing the exact number of calories burned, are powerful pieces of information to have in the weight management battle. People need to know and understand these numbers, and use this type of feedback to manage weight over their lives."

Gruve Technologies core product, the Gruve® activity monitor, is currently being used in medical and obesity studies at world-class research institutions including the University of Nottingham (United Kingdom), Mayo Clinic, Kansas University Medical Center, the University of Minnesota and Loughborough University (United Kingdom).

The Gruve is part of a wellness solution that provides a personalized plan for the user that is calibrated to the user's specific metabolism and habits. The Gruve device uses an omnidirectional accelerometer and proprietary software to accurately measure and record the user's daily NEAT activity intensity and duration. The medical quality device can record 98% of daily activity, the highest accuracy in the industry. The device has three forms of feedback to keep the user on track--color changing calorie burn status lights, vibration to remind the user to move, and interactive website visuals. These physical cues help the users to modify their behavior over time and provide a sustainable path to successful weight reduction, maintenance, and improved health.

About Gruve Technologies, Inc.
Gruve Technologies, Inc. provides scientifically-validated weight loss and wellness products designed to provide sustainable paths to better health. Headquartered in Minneapolis, MN, Gruve develops innovative technology and products based on cutting-edge medical research that are proven effective to modify behavior and aid in weight loss. For more information, visit


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