Ramsey gives Arsenal cup final fitness boost

first_imgArsenal Ramsey gives Arsenal fitness boost ahead of Carabao Cup final Chris Wheatley Arsenal correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 19:24 2/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Aaron Ramsey Arsenal Getty Images Arsenal Arsenal v Manchester City Manchester City League Cup Arsenal v Östersunds FK UEFA Europa League The Wales international midfielder is back in full training ahead of Sunday’s meeting with Manchester City at Wembley Aaron Ramsey returned to full training on Wednesday morning ahead of Arsenal’s Carabao Cup final against Manchester City on Sunday.The Wales midfielder has been out with a groin injury for the past fortnight and was considered a doubt for the weekend’s Wembley final, but trained with the first team ahead of Arsenal’s Europa League clash against Ostersunds FK.A number of first team players are expected to be rested for the match against the Swedish side with Arsenal holding a 3-0 lead from the first leg in Sweden.AdChoices广告Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka both trained but aren’t likely to be involved, while youngsters Reiss Nelson, Joe Willock, Eddie Nketiah and Konstantinos Mavropanos also took part in the sessionGunners boss Arsene Wenger will be without Alexandre Lacazette for the cup final while Santi Cazorla is a long-term absentee not expected back before the end of the season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Arsenal defeated Chelsea over two legs to reach the final against City, while Pep Guardiola’s men beat Bristol City.City, however, lost to Wigan in the FA Cup on Monday, drawing to an end their hopes of a quadruple.The Gunners, meanwhile, can only realistically win silverware in the Europa League if they fail to defeat City at Wembley.last_img read more

Why Investors Are Banking on This App to Curb Childhood Obesity

3 min read Joanna Strober didn’t want to play food police with her son, who was having issues with his weight. Nor did she want to put him on a restrictive diet. She researched various tools, such as Weight Watchers and MyFitnessPal, but found they were geared toward adults. So Strober, who spent two decades in venture capital and investment banking, decided to build a kid-friendly app and weight-management program to combat obesity and emphasize healthy lifestyle choices. She called her concept Kurbo Health.“We worked hard to make Kurbo exciting, interesting and stigma-free,” says the Palo Alto, Calif.-based entrepreneur.Since launching in 2013, the pediatric weight-management platform has raised $5.8 million in two rounds of funding from Signia Venture Partners, Data Collective and others. The app has been downloaded more than 10,000 times. Despite the much-reported epidemic of childhood obesity, Kurbo is a rare kid-focused alternative. Most weight-control programs for children are run at hospitals and require on-site visits, which can be an expensive and time-consuming option that many families can’t afford.“Why can’t I do this on a remote basis?” wondered Strober, Kurbo’s CEO. The company secured a coveted spot in San Francisco digital healthcare accelerator Rock Health in January 2014, one of the few pediatric-focused startups to be accepted. Joanna Strober of Kurbo Health.Photo (C) Tin Can PhotoThe Kurbo iOS and Android app uses behavior-modification science, based on research from Stanford’s Pediatric Weight Control Program, to help kids track and classify their food intake and exercise over a 12-week period. The app features game-style challenges that allow users to compete against one another to meet healthful goals. In addition to the app, which is free to download, members can opt to check in with a personal coach by text or email for $25 per month, or by phone or video for $75 per month. Kurbo reports that more than 80 percent of users who followed the program lost weight and/or lowered their body mass index. So far, 1,000 young people have enrolled in coaching.YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki was an early believer in Kurbo’s child-friendly program. “It’s extremely rare for me to invest in any startup,” says Wojcicki, who backed the July 2014 Series A round. “But with Kurbo, there was an opportunity to help solve one of the world’s biggest problems—childhood obesity—using mobile technology. As a mom with four kids, I’ve experienced firsthand how difficult it can be to get kids to understand and adopt healthy eating habits. Kurbo actually makes the process fun.”Strober’s plan is to partner with healthcare providers to make the platform “affordable to everyone.” A pilot program through a Medicaid provider launches later this year. “We are hoping over time that the providers will pay for Kurbo for the families in their health plans,” she says.But Kurbo isn’t intended to replace parental input, and Strober stresses the need for frank discussion with children about their health goals. “Parents say they’re going to hurt their child’s self-esteem if they talk about weight,” she says. “Anorexia is terrible, but talking to kids about their weight is not going to give them an eating disorder.”  Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global March 25, 2015 This story appears in the April 2015 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. read more