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Fit Kids: A Free, After-School Fitness Program fighting obesity, and building confidence. Simple.

Childhood Obesity will help bankrupt our healthcare system if we do not fight back. Physical activity is a natural weapon to fight obesity. Research suggests that physically active children grow up to be physically active adults, so let’s get kids moving through an innovative, free, after school youth fitness program that simply makes fitness fun! By teaching children at a young age that fitness can be fun, and allowing ...more »

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Diabetes Prevention Online Intervention Program

Diabetes costs $245 billion/yr. 79 million Americans have pre-diabetes: blood glucose levels elevated but not yet diabetes. Without prevention, progression to diabetes is 10%/yr. Progression can be prevented by lifestyle changes -- physical activity, eating habits, modest weight loss -- as proven by the DPP study. DPP is being replicated nationally. But the program is intensive, requiring attendance at classes weekly ...more »

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Walkmore - machine learning that turns banks into health enablers

Personal health and personal finance are intimately linked. ~75% of healthcare spending goes to treatment of diseases preventable by increased physical activity and better diet. 62% of bankruptcies happen because of medical problems related to these diseases. We've developed a big data and next gen reward system for financial institutions that correlates a person’s physical activity and transactional data, to enable ...more »

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“DO-bate” – an activity based school employee wellness incentive prototype.

Employee Wellness has turned into a big business dominated by insurance companies. School districts are required to have established wellness policies. They have the staff expertise via school wellness councils to internally manage their employee wellness incentives. This prototype uses existing community wellness frameworks to their best advantage, by focusing on monthly patterns of consistent participation in any ...more »

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Babies & Broccoli;Toddlers & Tomatoes: Preventing Obesity by Planting the Seeds of Health

Imagine young children enjoying peas not processed snacks or harvesting carrots with their grandparents in the backyard. Picture teens planting tomatoes in patio containers because they prefer the “real” thing.These scenarios are possible when children grow their own food. Vegetable gardens at pre-schools and daycare centers can make this a reality with the help of Putnam County’s Cornell Cooperative Extension, Child ...more »

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Active at Work ... and Play with ‘Active Motion Seating’

We spend way too much time sitting still. Imagine the health benefits of going for nice long walks instead of sitting still all these hours. Impossible? You'd never have the time? But this is exactly what both adults and kids can do with Active Motion Seating - healthy low intensity physical activity – while safely seated – without reducing work productivity. Guided by a concept from economics, ‘optimal defaults’, ...more »

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Get Kids Off the Couch, On Their Feet, and Moving to the Beat with GeoMotionTV -PA Anytime, Anyplace

In this digital age, children are becoming less active and more obese. GeoMotion TV’s online video library contains over 120 activities designed to get kids moving. Activities range from dance and fitness to academics. These activities can be used at school for academic integration, physical education, after-school programs, hospital programs, and at home. They are also very effective for special needs children. ...more »

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Mobile and Digital Technology helps drives Healthy Lifestyle Behaviors

Challenge: How can we influence youths and adults to be more active in their local parks, to help reduce the prevalence of obesity in the state of Delaware? Solution: Park visitors can scan QR codes or access geo-fenced coupons, by utilizing their smartphones to take advantage of exclusive park promotions. Businesses such as the Nike and Kohl’s can promote their product offerings towards health conscious consumers. ...more »

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Radically refocus how physical activity is promoted: From rationality (health) to affect (pleasure)

Nationwide studies assessing compliance with physical activity (PA) recommendations using accelerometers (rather than self-reports) demonstrate that promotion efforts have been unsuccessful. Fewer than 5% of adults are active at recommended levels. The rate is even lower among obese adults. The standard approach so far has been to base promotion efforts on appeals to rationality, emphasizing future health benefits. Indeed ...more »

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