WW Weight Watchers Reimagined

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Description of App: 

Take Weight Watchers Mobile along to help you stay in control and make smart and satisfying food choices. We’ve added brand new interactive tools so you can tap into the stick-with-it power of the new Weight Watchers 360 program anytime, anywhere. With our eTools or Online subscription, you get access to great features like: •Track your food, activity, and weight •Review your weight-loss progress with our interactive chart •Access your Spaces and Routines tools •Use the Snap & Track feature to capture and share your delicious food moments •Search more than over 150,000 foods, meals and recipes •Browse health and fitness content •Find a Weight Watchers meeting in your area (Don’t have a subscription? You can still access recipes, articles, and a few cheat sheets!)

Apple Watch Support: 

Not Known

Version: 

2.2.01

Free or Paid: 

Free

Device(s) App Was Tested On: 

iPhone
iPod Touch

iOS Version: 

7

Accessibility Comments: 

There have been some amazing changes to the accessibility and useability of this app from when I first tried it 2 years ago. One area that has improved is the registration process. Under the old app and website, it used to be that you could not do this part without sighted assistance. It was a graphical screen and there were graphics that you had to click on for your height and weight. No part of this page used to work with screen readers like JAWS, NVDA, or VoiceOver. If you couldn't see where to click on, you had no way to go forward with anything else. I was able to resolve that issue with help from their customer service department. Now, the registration process has changed and I was able to complete the setup and registration part on my own without the need for assistance. When I started using this app on the iPhone with VoiceOver, it first wanted me to confirm that the information I entered was correct. I was able to do this on my own as well, again something that wasn't able to happen with the older version. The menus for the app work really nicely. The buttons actually tell you what they do now, something that the old app didn't do. The tracker is completely accessible. I can add foods and activities to it; I can look at recipes and read the ingredients and instructions for them; I can make changes to serving sizes if needed, and I can look through favorite items that I already have created and add that information to the tracker as needed. This really helps a lot to have all of my stuff in one place instead of having to do all of the writing and calculating myself. Overall, I have had a much better user experience with this app now than when I first tried it a couple of years ago. I wish I had some way to thank WeightWatchers for finally making their online materials more accessible and friendlier. I hope they will continue to keep accessibility in mind as future developments are made to this app.

VoiceOver Performance: 

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling: 

All buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability: 

The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver, but the interface could be easier to navigate and use.

Other Comments: 

This app is developed by Weight Watchers International. It allows you many of the functions that the Weight Watchers online site has. There are sections for non members and members only, and for the member sections you will need a login to access the material. As a member, you can do things like track your points for different food items that you ate, (something essential that you need to do to make the program work), track points for various activities, (again something that's important to make the program work), calculate your points for food products that you may not have eaten yet but are thinking about if it's worth the points to do so, and look at point values for various restaurant items. For non members, you don't get these options, but as a non member, you can still do things like find a meeting in your area, read weight loss articles, view recipes, and view some of the message boards. I like the Weight Watchers approach to foods because you don't really have to give up anything for a long period of time, you just don't eat as much of a food in one setting. I learned a lot about portion sizes and what a portion actually is. It's also a nice way to bounce off ideas about what other members like. I've gotten lots of good meal and snack ideas that I'd never heard of before, just from listening to what other people do. There are a lot of cookbooks that they have, through NLS, bookshare, RFB&D, and several iBooks that you can purchase, and the cost for these books isn't bad.

Developer's Twitter Username: 

@WeightWatchers