The Hindustan Times Trailblazer Award 2021 : Tushar Vashisht

Tushar Vashisht, CEO and Co-founder of the wellness and health app HealthifyMe has helped many Indians normalise their physique weights, undertake a nutritious diet and change into match amid the pandemic, by bringing forth a platform that allows Indians to rework themselves, and work in the direction of making a fitter India.

By Aprajita Sharad

UPDATED ON FEB 07, 2021 02:58 PM IST

Born to a household of distinguished individuals who have served the nation in varied capacities, the younger Tushar Vashisht, CEO and Co-founder of HealthifyMe, can confidently say that he’s been there, finished that – all from learning overseas and dealing on the Wall Avenue, to residing in a servant’s quarter in India, surviving on 32 rupees a day, whereas participating in a poverty line experiment. The journey of the 35 12 months previous from his college days in Haryana and Delhi to heading a tech app firm in Bangalore is a heartwarming one. Amid the pandemic Vashisht’s well being and wellness app has helped a number of Indians normalize their physique weight, undertake a nutritious diet and change into match by becoming a member of the app’s digital health courses. “HealthifyMe has grown fairly quickly, because the pandemic started. We’ve about 20 million lively customers, and are serving to thousands and thousands of individuals drop a few pounds, get more healthy and fitter and scale back their threat for way of life illnesses and Covid mortality. We’re doing about 25 million {dollars} of income now,” says Vashisht.

A lesser identified reality about Vashisht, is that he was a member of Penn Masala – the favored A cappella group, and may usually be discovered recording Youtube covers and signing labels, if not in board conferences. Speaking in regards to the app’s USP function and massy attraction, the younger entrepreneur says “Healthifyme is the primary Indian calorie counter on the planet having a powerful Indian meals database. That is the most important join for Indians who can use calorie counter for Indian delicacies and desi meals. We’ve various indian nutritionists and trainers that permit us to cater to native, regional way of life. Our USP has been the factitious intelligence primarily based subscriptions that we have now launched, which has made our app extremely reasonably priced for everyone.”

An enormous fear of individuals within the pandemic was their well being. With the elevated fear on health, what have been the brand new issues that Healthifyme began amid the pandemic that performed a big function in contributing in the direction of a fitter India? “Folks amid the pandemic instantly realized that you will need to eat wholesome, work out and drop a few pounds so we noticed a whole lot of natural demand for our product go up. Folks began to rely their energy and train proper from their properties. The most important function we launched amid the pandemic was healthify studio, a web based studio the place you could possibly join with high health consultants from India and around the globe at a reasonably low price. There have been dance courses for youngsters, yoga classes for the aged, HIIT, Zumba and so forth – quite a lot of exercise courses. We had a thousand trainers and coaches on our platform and we linked them to our shoppers.”

The HT Trailblazers awardee has added one more feather to his cap because the HealthifyMe app has change into probably the most used, downloaded and standard well being and health app throughout platforms. Speaking about his plan for his app sooner or later, Vashisht says, “20 million customers in a rustic of billions is a drop within the ocean, we nonetheless have a 100 million individuals who badly want our service. Indian weight problems doubled between 2005 – 2015. We went from 14% to 29% and we have gotten the diabetes, hypertensive and PCOS capital of the world. So, HealthifyMe goals at reversing all these issues and attending to a 100 million customers and step by step to Healthify all of India.”

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