Wednesday, December 07, 2011

#MHS11 Day 3 - Discussion group - Diet and Physical activity

a live blog post from the mHealth Summit. The summit is taking place from December 5-7th at the Gaylord National Convention Center, National Harbor, MD.

This is a live blog post, as such the notes are made in real time and posted with minimal editing. I am sharing these via Facebook, Twitter and my blog to help others get a snapshot of the activities at the conference. You can follow the tweet stream at #MHS11 or follow the mHealth Summit's twitter account @mhealthsummit.

This is the last day of the conference. It is wet and dreary in Washington but the discussions are buzzing. 

Great discussion around Diet and Physical Activity.

How can researchers get data.

Can we create a BlueButton file for Fitbit. Then add it to and allow researchers to have data donated to them.

Motivation - we need to think about design.

How do we engage the 85% that are not motivated - to engage in healthier practices.

Inter-disciplinary studies. We need usability, visualization, health promotion, User Experience etc. 

I heard a plea for HealthCamp. Involve people from across disciplines in conferences. We have done that for three years with HealthCamp.

Create a database of measurement tools. Identify which are validated products and tools.

Just gave my mantra of:

"Health may be private, Exercise is solitary but wellness is social."

Two year olds can unlock an iphone and find their favorite videos or games - how do we harness that for wellness.

Food fights - socially healthy eating games.

Challenge your own assumptions about Obesity. All the motivation in the world will not make a difference if the options are not there.

Don't just think about the individual - think about their social networks. Look at the community. Look at policy.

Per Carol Torgan - @ctorgan - there is a national physical activity plan

Research mapping Seattle points to no linkage between food desserts and dietary intake.

Okay - yes I did pitch for as a venue for the brainstorming sessions that were suggested.

((tag: mHealth, mHealth Summit, Mobile))

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