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Care+ Challenge 3: Geo-Localized Health Solutions
Metabolic syndrome is a serious health condition in which several factors contribute to
an increase in the risk for dangerous cardiovascular problems. There are five
conditions that are known as metabolic risk factors, obesity, a high triglyceride level,
low HDL cholesterol level, high blood pressure, and high blood sugar. A person with
metabolic syndrome is twice as likely to develop heart disease and five times to
develop diabetes as someone who does not have metabolic syndrome.
It is estimated that around 20% to 25% of adult population has this syndrome (IDF,
2006). It is becoming more common due to a rise in obesity rates among adults,
sedentarism and the lack of a sport/nutritional culture. It is possible to prevent or delay
metabolic syndrome, mainly with lifestyle changes, regular exercise and healthy diet.
Care+ is a web platform with the purpose of helping people to have a better and
healthier lifestyle. The two mainstays of the project are tracing the nutritional and sport
development with already existing online applications (Runkeeper for example);
furthermore, Care+ will make a connection between the users and professional staff
(nutritionists, coaches, gyms, fitness center, etc.) so all the progress can be inspected
recurrently by experts.
Another important part of Care+ is the social exercising, with the introduction of reward
“healthy points”, the linkage with social networks, and the opportunity of challenging a
friend to a sports goal (a 10 Km race for example). Care+ helps you to not being alone
in this fight against sedentarism and health issues, because in Care+, we do not only
worry about your health, we take deal of it.