Cambridge, May 28, 2020 - Lighter Inc., a leading health and nutrition technology company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, today announced Anuj Patel as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
Each year, chronic diseases are responsible for seven out of every ten deaths in the United States and now, people living with heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic diseases are at greater risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Lighter’s mission is to help address the underlying causes of chronic disease by bridging the gap between dietary advice and individual action. Lighter gives healthcare providers, health coaches, and corporations the tools to provide personalized nutrition recommendations - curated from our team of experts - to patients and clients, and to encourage more people to use healthy food choices as a way to improve overall health. As part of its Lighter Health initiative, Lighter is working with leading academic medical centers and health care enterprises - to leverage its insights, expertise, and proprietary software to promote healthier individual relationships with food, prevent chronic disease, and improve health outcomes at scale.
“I’m thrilled to be joining the innovative, dynamic, and experienced team at Lighter,” said Patel. “Our goal is to continue building Lighter’s reputation as a preeminent digital health and personalized nutrition company. Working closely with health enterprises, healthcare providers, and leading professionals, we aim to leverage our research, expertise, and innovative tools to use ‘food as medicine’ in the fight against chronic disease and negative health outcomes. We remain guided by a commitment to help people build healthier relationships with food by providing clear, personalized, accessible nutrition and wellness support.”
“We are thrilled to have Anuj on board to lead the next phase of Lighter’s growth and development,” said Lighter co-founders Alexis Fox and Micah Risk. “His experience leading innovative digital health companies at the intersection of healthcare, nutrition, and lifestyle put him in a fantastic position to help grow Lighter’s footprint and bring the measurable health improvements generated by Lighter’s solutions to scale – helping to improve outcomes for individuals, healthcare providers, and entire communities.”
Prior to joining Lighter, Patel was most recently Vice President at iCarbonX, a digital health company focused on providing personalized health and wellness recommendations based on artificial intelligence and a combination of an individual’s biological, behavioral, and psychological data. Patel is a Venture Partner at Nina Capital, a venture capital firm investing in health technology companies, and is the Co-Founder of Vitals, a New York City-based investment firm focused on innovations in fitness, health, and wellness.
Lighter provides personalized nutrition coaching to improve an individual’s health and wellbeing. Lighter’s multidisciplinary approach and proprietary technology helps to answer one of the most important questions of our day: how do we help people eat better? Lighter is a team of registered dietitians, nutritionists, engineers, recipe developers, data-scientists, designers and business leaders working together to develop innovative technology and programs that result in improved health outcomes at scale. Lighter works with health systems, leading academic researchers and large enterprises to implement their food-as-medicine philosophy to improve people’s lives.
To learn more, visit www.lighternutrition.com