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  • 1. Top 5 Tools for Creating Health Habits Brian Pesin habits.stanford.edu
  • 2. Overview
      • Key to creating health habits now and in the future:  portability  and   obscurity
        • Perform various health habits on-the-go
          • Whenever you want/can!
          • No locational restrictions
          • Increases likelihood of performing health habit
        • Maintain sense of privacy
          • Size is a key factor
        • Enhanced by current trend of cell-phone dependence
          • Provides constant triggers
          • E.g. alarms, tracking
          • Mobile apps
            • Habit-forming in themselves
            • Icon acts as trigger to use app, app acts as trigger to perform health
  • 3. Tool #1: Insulin Pump
      • Tech-savvy alternative to multiple daily insulin shots to manage diabetes
      • Automatically pumps and regulates insulin levels
    • -----
      • Safer, cleaner, more accurate method of delivering insulin to manage disease
      • Eliminates need to remember to use and carry around hypodermic needles
      • Small size ensures easy portability
      • Small size and wearing pump under clothing also ensure obscurity
  • 4. Tool #2: Birth Control
      • Combination of an estrogen and a progestin
      • Inhibit female fertility, regulate and reduce intensity of menstrual cycle, reduce symptoms of acne
    • ----
      • Size and ambiguous packaging increase user privacy
      • Easily transportable
        • Many girls carry pack in their bag
      • Taken at the same time daily
        • Cyclical
        • Often linked to a trigger to eliminate forgetting
          • E.g. cell phone alarm
  • 5. Tool #3: Personal Caregiver
      • App that reminds user to take the correct medicines at the correct times
      • Refill reminders, drug history
      • Missed dose alerts
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      • Corresponds to pre-existing triggers
        • E.g. pre-sorted pillbox, pill bottle
      • Creates new triggers
        • Audio and visual alerts
      • Integrated into pre-existing habit-forming device (iPhone)
      • Only accessible to iPhone user, doesn't alert outsiders to medical needs
  • 6. Tool #4: Whole Foods Recipe Search
      • Find delicious and healthy recipes using natural and organic products using the Whole Foods Recipe Search
      • Filter by category
        • E.g. budget, quick and easy
    • ----
      • Eliminates clutter and hassle of recipe books        reduce time
      • Find healthy recipes on-the-go, e.g. when at Whole Foods
      • App icon acts as a trigger to eat in a more healthy manner
      • Integrated into already existing habit-forming device (iPhone)
  • 7. Tool #5: Fitnio
      • Walking, running, and cycling performance metrics on-the-go
        • Uses pedometer
      • Emergency contact button
      • Cooldown reports
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      • Uses pre-existing habitual technology to encourage fitness at any time
      • Easy to track even light exercise, such as walking
      • Cooldown report:
        • Encourages health habit of cooling down
        • Encourages app use by providing extrinsic incentive to use app when summarizing workout
  • 8. Summary
      • Portability and obscurity in habit-forming tools results in habit creation
        • Portability ensures that the user can perform the habit at any time in any place
        • Obscurity ensures user privacy while performing the habits in public
      • Turning actions into habits requires repetition and triggers
      • Tie new action to pre-existing habit
        • For iPhone addicts, the iPhone is an excellent tool in which to tie future habits
      • Eventually, habits become automatic and are performed regularly without much thought or effort