Frequently Asked

Find answers to the most commonly asked questions

What is Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic Syndrome is a serious condition that raises the risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and other health problems. Metabolic risk factors include:

  • BMI above 30 or a waist circumference of 35 for women and 40 for men
  • High blood pressure
  • High triglyceride levels (fat in your blood)
  • Raised blood sugar
  • Lower HDL or “good” cholesterol

One can have any one of these risk factors by itself, but they tend to occur together. Once someone develops three risk factors, they have Metabolic Syndrome.

What is an Inspirator?

An Inspirator is a personal coach. We call our coaches Inspirators because they do so much more than simply coach – they educate, motivate, hold their participants accountable, and are 100% committed to seeing each of their participants achieve their goals. They inspire them to become the best version of themselves.

What is Precision Health?

Precision Health leverages genetic testing and deep behavioral insights to design and deliver a highly tailored experience to inspire the right daily lifestyle (nutrition, exercise, behavioral well being, and sleep) to live healthier everyday.

How does Genetic Testing work?

Newtopia Genetics looks at three genes that affect weight. Looking at these three genes helps us make the best recommendations for each participant as it relates to their diet, activity, and behavior change.

What is the genetic test?

A genetic testing kit will be sent to participants after they’ve completed their Welcome Call. The kit includes a test tube that will be filled with a teaspoon of saliva. The postage is already paid by us and the return package is labelled.

Who sees the results from the genetic test?

Only your Inspirator receives the results to review and prepare a genetic reveal. They will use the information to customize your program to ensure that we cover every aspect of your health. We never share these results with your employer or your insurance provider.

What does the FTO – The Body Fat Gene do?

If you have a variation in this gene, compared to those without this genetic variation, your body may have a more difficult time breaking down and using carbs. When these are eaten in excess you are more likely to convert these calories into fat. In addition, regular exercise at a higher intensity combined with dietary modification will help you achieve your health
goals.

What does the DRD2 – The Eating Behavior Gene do?

If you have a variation in this gene you may have a reduced  dopamine uptake. Dopamine is our pleasure hormone. If your brain does not receive enough dopamine, it will continue searching for satisfaction (other methods to increase pleasure) elsewhere. This  an lead you to eating more foods that may be associated with  feeling pleasure.

What does the MC4R – The Appetite Gene do?

If you have a variation in this gene the message that you’ve had enough to eat is delayed. When Leptin is released it sends a signal from our digestive system to our brain communicating fullness. Because the signal is delayed you may have a tendency to overeat which can lead to weight gain.

How do we identify program eligibility?

There are two ways to identify an individual’s eligibility for Newtopia:

1. Biometric Screenings

For customers who have a program in place to encourage their employees to get biometric screenings, Newtopia works directly with the lab to access the results. Newtopia looks for two or more Metabolic Risk Factors in the biometric screening results.

and/or

2. An Online Risk Screener

The Newtopia Online Risk Screener is a short questionnaire based off the CDC Prediabetes Screening Test. The answers to the questions being asked can determine eligibility. The Newtopia Online Risk Screener is the least invasive method to assess eligibility and the most inclusive. The experience of completing the Risk Screener is being gamified to become more interactive.