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  • 1. Redesigning College Male Exercise Habits how small habits can converge to overall healthier living@JasonvdmerweJasonvdm@stanford.edu ©Jasonvdm 2012
  • 2. The Issues for College Males “Research consistently shows that men engage in far fewer health-promoting Journal of American College Health* behaviors and have less healthy lifestyle patterns than women.” “For example, they consistently score lower on an index of health-protective behavior that includes safety belt use, sleep, health information, eating habits, and exercise.” Students are in a new environment where they have full control over their health behaviors.*Courtenay, Will H., PHD. "College Men’s Health: An Overview and a Call to Action." American College Health (1998): n. pag. Print. ©Jasonvdm 2012
  • 3. What are some of the problems?“Time and distance are bigproblems for me when it comes toexercising.” – Edward, Stanford2015 “The closest gym is 2 – 3 miles from me since I live off campus. Sometimes I forget.” – Sam W, Virginia Tech 2015“Exercising has lower priority.” –Joseph M, Belmont 2016 “I’m too busy trying to balance school and work.” Nicholas C, Tennessee 2015 ©Jasonvdm 2012
  • 4. Ways to Combat These ProblemsEliminate Distance Design for Time Utilize Technology ©Jasonvdm 2012
  • 5. Eliminate DistanceBring the Gym to the Dorm Putting a pull-up bar in the doorway allows students to do “After I put up a pull-up bar in a myriad of exercises without my doorway, many other guys in my frat did the same thing.” – ever leaving the dorm. The Kai K, Stanford 2014 presence of the bar elicited constant exercise. "The pull-up bar was, for me, transcendental. It was the gateway exercise that led to an increasingly feverish pursuit of fitness and the experience of newly unbounded dimensions of personal health.” – Mauricio A, Stanford 2015 ©Jasonvdm 2012
  • 6. Eliminate DistanceBring the Gym to the Dorm By placing equipment out in the open, like “Putting dumbbells in the open dumbbells, students found it acted as a gateway to exercising more frequently and much easier to begin, and for longer amounts of time.” – continue, exercising in their Dennis, Stanford 2015 dorm. It was as easy as picking an item up. “Once I placed dumbbells out in the open, I was able to work out every evening without going anywhere. Seeing the dumbbells lying on my floor as I finished my homework acted as a reminder. I never forget to work out now.” – Oscar M, Stanford 2015 ©Jasonvdm 2012
  • 7. Design for TimeKeep the Programs Short Get rid of the notion that working out needs to happen The main goal is to get students to remove themselves for 1 hour+ at a gym. from behind a desk and Short, 10-15 minute exercise, so there are many exercises can be just as programs applicable. Think effective and can be pilates, sit-ups, resistance bands, stretching, medicine ball integrated into students’ lives throws and more. with much more ease. 100 Push Ups is an amazing program that guides users to achieve 100 push ups over the course of 6 – 10 weeks. This program takes ~10 minutes only three days of the week. Many students were excited to try it out. ©Jasonvdm 2012
  • 8. Utilize TechnologyCell Phones are Ubiquitous I asked 15 college sophomore males to add “work out” to I also used their phone their mobile calendars. Two numbers to text reminders weeks later, all said that and encouragement. Texting proved to be a good way to scheduling helped them trigger working out. considerably in finding time to exercise, both in the dorm room and in the gym. “I can’t believe the effect this has had on me. I definitely work out more now, despite my busy class and homework schedule.” – Alec W, Stanford 2015 ©Jasonvdm 2012
  • 9. Combine These InsightsEliminate Distance Design for Time Utilize Technology One program ©Jasonvdm 2012
  • 10. This Program Would…Use texting and email forcommunication and triggers Be directed at college malesIntegrate short, timesensitive programs Allow users to sign up online, but not require users to be repeat visitorsBe dynamic, adapting toeach user ©Jasonvdm 2012
  • 11. Are Students Interested?“I would really like to sign up for aprogram which respected my time butacted as my workout buddy –encouraging me and giving me workoutsuggestions each day.” – AndrewP, Stanford 2015 ©Jasonvdm 2012
  • 12. My Goal My goal this winter is to build thisprogram into a website, applying theresearch that I have conducted and hopefully helping college males become and stay healthier. ©Jasonvdm 2012
  • 13. Who am I?My name is Jason and I am a sophomore atStanford University. Selfishly, I pursued thisproject because I struggle with finding timeto exercise regularly and effectively. Myhope is that my work make a difference inthe lives of other college males.Contact Me: Jasonvdm@stanford.edu @Jasonvdm ©Jasonvdm 2012

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