2 posts tagged “New Year’s Resolutions”

Enter the Healthy New Year Video Challenge

Posted January 20th, 2012 by

Did you make a health-related New Year’s resolution?  And are you using technology—such as a smartphone app or website—to achieve your goal?  Create a short video about it, and you could win prizes ranging from $250 to $2,000 if your video is selected as one of the best!

Learn More About the Healthy New Year Video Challenge

Sponsored by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and conducted via Challenge.gov, the Healthy New Year Video Challenge invites you to create a compelling video (2 minutes or less) about a New Year’s resolution for improving your health or that of a loved one, and how you will use technology to achieve your resolution.

“In order to empower individuals to be more active partners in their health, they need access to their information and tools they can use,” said Farzad Mostashari, M.D., Sc.M., national coordinator for health information technology.  “We are excited to harness the creativity of ordinary Americans to help promote the positive impact of the myriad health information technology tools and services on health and health care.”

For PatientsLikeMe members, you’re already using technology (meaning, our online health community!) to monitor and improve your health.  Here are some sample resolutions involving PatientsLikeMe that might make for a great video submission:

  • Enter my complete health data at PatientsLikeMe so that I can spot correlations and patterns on my profile charts.
  • Find out what PatientsLikeMe members with the same condition(s) are doing about a symptom that’s frustrating me.
  • Chart my daily moods using PatientsLikeMe’s InstantMe survey to see what factors are affecting my mental health.
  • Add my Lab and Test results at PatientsLikeMe so that I – and others like me – can learn from them.

How Do Health and Technology Intersect in Your 2012 New Year's Resolutions?

All video submissions are due on Friday, February 16th, at 5:00 p.m. EST, so start brainstorming.  The idea is to inspire, motivate and educate others in a unique way, as all winning videos will be featured at HeathIT.gov.  For more details and contest guidelines, visit the contest website.

New to Health 2.0? Join the 125,000+ others at PatientsLikeMe to find information and support from those just like you – and begin monitoring your health with a host of tools and measurements. Cheers to health and technology in 2012!

Our Patients’ Hopes, Thoughts and Resolutions for 2012

Posted January 4th, 2012 by

PatientsLikeMe Members Approach the New Year in Different Ways

Many people look at a new year as a fresh start – a chance to begin new routines, eliminate bad habits and shift priorities.  But not everyone believes in making resolutions.

Here are several different patient perspectives on approaching the new year:

  • “In 2012, I will make daily exercise a priority. Research reveals it is the one thing that may slow disease progression. It also improves overall health and makes us look and feel better.”   – Patient with Parkinson’s disease
  • “I am filled with great hope for us all. In 2011, the pace of research breakthroughs increased dramatically. Most importantly, new research modalities using human tissue have been developed and are already contributing to major breakthroughs in understanding the biopathways affecting ALS. We are closer to a cure than ever.” – Patient with ALS

  • “My resolutions are pretty simplistic:  Sleep hygiene and getting more (sleep, that is). Discontinuing the practice of making long and unrealistic to-do lists.  I’ll start with sleep and go from there.” – Patient with major depressive disorder

  • “I have no expectations that this new year will be any better then the last. That way I don’t get disappointed so whatever does happen will be a bonus.”  – Member with Wegener’s granulomatosis
  • “I’m going to cut out sugar and white flour foods.  I know, I know, I’ve said this before and I’ve done this before, and it’s really hard for me, but it works for weight loss and being able to tap into my energy.  So here we go again, looking towards a healthier 2012.” – Patient with fibromyalgia

  • “My resolution is to do more, no matter what it is.  Smile more, laugh more, cry more, walk more, yoga more, love more, hug more, write more, hurt more, sing more, read more…you get the idea.  I figure more means I’m alive, less may mean I’m dying.” – Patient with Parkinson’s disease

What will you be doing differently in 2012 – if anything?  Share your thoughts in the comments section and read more about exercise, diet and sleep at PatientsLikeMe.