Presentation on theme: "Using Technology to Promote Healthy Eating & Active Living."— Presentation transcript:
Using Technology to Promote Healthy Eating & Active Living
Heres the scoop: Keeping fit is a modern day dilemma. More and more people are seeking ways to improve the quality of their health and physical condition – But feel too busy with work, family, social commitments, & just LIFE!
Experts say a healthy lifestyle is dependent at least in part on 4 basics that help a person prevent & control chronic disease: Not smoking Eating a balanced diet Getting physical activity Controlling weight *Surveyed 153,000 adults in all 50 states. *While many of the people did well in one or more categories, only 3% met the requirements of all 4.
So what does the 97% put the blame on? Thanks to modern luxuries, it has become much easier to live a comfortable lifestyle. The downside of this is that we tend to exercise LESS and consume MORE food.
Making the Connection Todays Fit apps have made health a priority & have found a way to connect it to the type of technology that millions of people are using every single day. Regina Benjamin, M.D. began the Healthy App Challenge to challenge developers to create apps that provide tailored health information & empower users to engage in & enjoy healthy behavior.
What can we learn from these apps? Importance of buying local, fresh foods Keeping track of what youre eating can be tough, but Food Scanners via mobile cameras are as handy as ever Food Log: simply writing down what you eat is enough to reduce food intake
What else can these apps do for us? Virtual Training Partners I have trouble working out by myself because I either get bored easily or stressed because it's hard for me to just casually work out? Going the distance with other people always helps. App users build lasting friendships through the camaraderie of fitness. Accountability is key! Find/Add your friends to help each other along the way to healthy eating & active living.
Other devices - GPS To most of us, the GPS watch is a running tool with a view to better performance. GPS can be extremely beneficial as a navigation tool, or for the tracking of ones exercise and fitness level. Many GPS sport watches not only track your total exercise, but accurately tally total calories burned in a training session
Critique: Value of Technology Its about the user, not the technology. This is not only because health is a part of everyones lives, but also that a persons health is probably the most personal aspect of his/her life. Health is something that we each can say it truly is all about me. Thus, people need to understand what these new products and platforms mean to them.
Empowerment Lets take advantage of these mobile apps & technological gateways & allow them to aid us in losing weight and eating right. Hopefully in time, [& with exposure] mobile technologies will call attention to how apps truly can improve our lives.