Innovation Journalism 8 Stanford Workshop


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I participated in an NIH funded Weight Loss Stanford study for 2 years - at the Quantified Self Conference 2011 I gave an Ignite Talk about it - comparing the experience in Professional Science with QS Personal Science

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Innovation Journalism 8 Stanford Workshop

  1. 1. Randomized Double Blind Control Study of Weight Loss<br />A Test Subject’s View<br />Mei Lin Fung<br /><br />Twitter @meilinfung<br />
  2. 2. I participated in a Stanford Univ. NIH funded Weight Loss Study <br />Over 200 Participants in 28 week program <br />Randomly assigned to 1 of 2 programs<br />
  3. 3. Screening Process<br /><ul><li>Web Screen
  4. 4. In-Person Group Orientation
  5. 5. Online Questionnaire
  6. 6. MD approval
  7. 7. Baseline Clinic visit</li></li></ul><li>Maintenance First Program<br />
  8. 8. Health information That was Disclosed <br />HIPAA Authorization Form to use my health information for this research purpose:<br />Figure out which helps people be more successful in maintaining weight loss<br />Identity not disclosed<br /><ul><li>Height
  9. 9. Weight
  10. 10. Hip and Waist Circumference
  11. 11. Blood Pressure
  12. 12. Information in questionnaires </li></li></ul><li>How I did it<br />8 weeks of Maintenance followed by 20 weeks of Weight Loss<br />
  13. 13.
  14. 14. Weekly Roundtable – 20 Women<br />
  15. 15. 6 Months of Records<br />Daily Weighing on Scales <br />Study supplied Scales (with a microchip)<br />Microchip read every 6 month clinic visit<br />Daily food records<br />Informal notes initially<br />Online SparkPeople (8 million users)<br />Daily Step counting<br />Study supplied Pedometer<br />
  16. 16. Maintenance First - Discussion<br />Lifestyle Habits<br />Learn Stability Skills<br />Make Peace with the Scale<br />Mindful Eating<br />Landmark Walks<br />Enjoy Today<br />Avoid extreme measures<br />Small changes will add up<br />Navigate Disruption<br />
  17. 17. Landmark Walks<br />Identify landmarks near home reached in 5 or 10 minutes<br />Identify landmarks other near work, school <br />Take 10 minute walks several times a day<br />
  18. 18. We set goals each week<br />I will monitor my weight each day<br />I will mindfully savor _____<br />I will mindfully savor an unplanned favorite<br />I will use the 3X Breathe and Savor strategy<br />
  19. 19. FOUR MAIN weightloss GOALS<br />Improve Nutrition <br />MORE fiber, fruits, veg<br />Increase Physical Activity <br />Average 30 minutes a day or 3-6k more steps<br />Manage Weight<br />Goal to lose 5-10% <br />Improve Quality of Life<br />Self esteem, stress management, body image<br />
  20. 20. WEIGHT TRACKER<br /><ul><li>GRAPH
  21. 21. Set Upper and Lower Range
  22. 22. Each person could choose range +/- 2,3,4 lbs</li></ul>Weight Loss Phase<br />
  23. 23. Weight Tracker<br />Weekly pattern<br />Go up on weekends<br />Go down during week<br />Stress pattern<br />Peaks due to work<br />Deadlines <br />
  24. 24. What I learned: Its A Team Effort<br />Listen to and Support Team mates<br />Be non-judgmental<br />Keep confidentiality<br />Share “air time”<br />Do our best to meet our own goals<br />Keep track of eating and activity daily<br />Be honest<br />Stay willing and open to changes<br />
  25. 25. Weight Loss is Unique for each<br />Individually we set<br />Average Daily Calorie Goal<br />Choose how many days to track<br />Daily Goal for number of Steps<br />Choose how many days to track<br />In Discussion, discovered<br />Each person focused differently <br />Each person struggled differently<br />Team-mates advice was very helpful <br />
  26. 26. Social Support, Assertiveness<br />Types of Social Support<br />Encouragement<br />Emotional Support<br />Problem Solving<br />Applied Support eg do dishes so you can walk<br />Learned how to build social support<br />ASK FOR IT<br />BE SPECIFIC<br />USE COMMON SENSE – IF EXERCISE PARTNER WON’T BICYCLE ASK IF SHE WILL WALK INSTEAD<br />Be Assertive about Food<br />State your wishes clearly<br />Compliment about appearance even when refusing<br />
  27. 27. Surprising Finding: Percentage who maintained weight loss<br />80%<br />40%<br />70%<br />
  28. 28. Good Experience<br />Mei Lin Fung<br /><br />Twitter @meilinfung<br />Personal Science can bring great value to Professional Science and vice versa<br />