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Fitter, Happier: an eight week exercise in using technology to help lose weight

Fitter, Happier: an eight week exercise in using technology to help lose weight | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

Did technology make me fitter? Happier?
Yes. Yes it did. I'm as shocked as anyone.

 

Of course, you want to know the results, so here goes: Eight weeks ago I weighed 239 pounds (108.4 kg) and now I weigh 219 pounds (99.6 kg). I've lost around four inches from my hipline, having swapped a pair of size 42 jeans for a pair of size 38s that I'm wearing as I write this. I've gone from having a shirt size of 17.5 inches to 16.5 inches and when worn, they no longer bulge at the midriff (or worse, pop open when I'm eating) . I've also started to think more seriously about my eating -- after all, I've still got nearly 25 kg to lose before I'm a healthy weight, but that no longer seems like an impossible goal. 

 

For me, there are three broad categories of exercise gadget: those which didn't work, those which relied upon self-motivation and those which did the hard work of coaxing me out of my chair. Of course, no talking watch can force you to get up, and if it could, you'd soon "forget" to charge it, but as soon as you find that spark of inspiration, you'll find things much easier with one of these at your side.

 

 

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Healthy Future Pediatrics Incorporating Technology To Improve Medicine

Healthy Future Pediatrics Incorporating Technology To Improve Medicine | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

Instead of being cluttered with patent’s files, Dr. Carl Lindgren’s personal office space includes the latest high tech gadgets. Lindgren has recently adopted a new online interface called Chadis. Once registered, parents use the website to answer a series of questions prior to each check-up.

 

Even though the Healthy Future Pediatrics front office staff personally answer each phone call, the practice is focused on using technology to simplify the health care process.

 

Providers carry small notebook computers between exam rooms and the office operates entirely with electronic medical records. All prescriptions are sent electrically and Lindgren jokes that “the script is at the pharmacy before the parent leaves the exam room.”

 

“I view technology as a powerful tool to improve the quality of health care. This is the future,” Lindgren summarizes.

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