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Using data to improve your health


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A presentation on using apps & devices to collect data on my health and using the data to find trends to improve my health

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Using data to improve your health

  1. 1. Using Data to improve your health Exercise, Weight Loss, Apps, Data & You
  2. 2. Happy New Year!
  3. 3. Now
  4. 4. Devices
  5. 5. Mobile Apps Lose It – Food Diary, Weight Tracking Runkeeper – Exercise Withings – Blood Pressure monitor Shoe Tracker – mileage on shoes Fitbit – Steps, miles, floors, calories burned, weight, sleep FreeStyle – Blood Glucose tracking Microsoft HealthVault – Aggregation of all data, display point for doctors Google music and iTunes
  6. 6. How did I get here? Apophenia /æpɵˈfiːniə/ is the experience of seeing patterns or connections in random or meaningless data. Quantified Self self knowledge through numbers Chris Dancy – Data Exhaust Cartographer
  7. 7. What My Data Tells Me • • • • • • • • • Blood pressure increases after days of having 48% or greater fat intake Exercise outside is difficult if temperature is 45˚ or less – 3 to 5 minutes slower per mile Exercise is best when listening to music with BPM of 102 or greater – average 16 minute mile/walking Weekly weight loss occurs when exercising at least 5 hours per week AND at least 25 miles Weight maintained when exercising at least 3 hours per week and calorie intake is 1850 or lower Blood glucose in appropriate range when carbohydrates at 50% or lower AND at least 5 hours of exercise per week The exercise sequence which best helps me meet weight loss goal is: • 1+ hour per session • Minimum of 3 miles per session • 3 days – Rest day – 3 Days Weekly weight loss occurs when average at least 7 hours of sleep Weight loss does not occur when average more than 5 miles per exercise session 5 times per week
  8. 8. Data won’t make a difference 70+ pounds lost over one year
  9. 9. Data won’t make a difference 50 lbs lost over one year
  10. 10. The Future
  11. 11. How do I get started • Specific Goal • Keep it simple • Use free version of apps first – pay only if you know you will use the app for at least 1 year AND you know how you want it to help meet your goal • Buy a device only if you know how you want it to help meet your goal • This is about you – don’t worry about what others think – if you know it works for you, use it!
  12. 12. Questions?
  13. 13. Resources • “The rising popularity of mobile health & mHealth apps” – HIT Consultants • “Will an app a day keep the doctor away? The coming health care revolution” – • “Summary of Fitness and Health Mobile Applications” • Quantified Self • Apophenia