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Well it’s that wonderful time of year again, where families get together, the oven gets overworked and you already know what your New Year’s resolution will be as you reach for that last piece of pumpkin pie.
I’ll be hanging out with my wife’s family where there will no doubt be a bevy of great food, laughter and new memories. However, I’m really looking forward to playing the Nintendo Wii that they bought for the living room. So I’m thinking that since I’m the family evangelist for health, I can eat what I want and burn it off with a few sweat-inducing rounds of Wii Sports Tennis! Wishful thinking at best but I can dream can’t I?
My good friend Melissa, who turns out to be an uber expert on nutrition and lifestyle balance, had a great piece published recently in The Georgetowner. The article focuses on staying grounded in good foods this Thanksgiving. Not only does the recipe for Roasted Root Vegetables sound delicious but taking a look at the Root Vegetable Ginger Soup recipe makes me want to keep a batch of that around for the cold winter nights and potential stuffy noses!
Remember to enjoy yourself, strike up a conversation with a family member you haven’t seen in a while and get some rest. Out of the many, many days of the year where we are plugged into Blackberries, laptops and cell phones 24/7, take some time out to return to [insert your name here] 1.0
I wish I had known about this event much earlier! This is exactly the kind of resource we need to promote and get on the news in FRONT of the latest high blood pressure drug that will eventually cause you to get high cholesterol…
Prevention is better than cure folks – our parents told us this but oh how aptly it applies to health.
I’ll be all over Public Health Thank You Day next year!
Photo by Eski on Flickr
What I mean by that is, has the topic of health and making improvements in health, lost the race in getting our attention?
As I was sitting on the Metro, escaping the frostiness of the evening, I whipped out the latest Time magazine issue that caught my attention. This was mainly due to the fact that it had a giant iPhone on the cover with pretty colors! So the flagship portion of the issue highlighted the best inventions of 2007, with the iPhone being the touted as the Invention of the Year. Now of course the sight of gadgets and electronics puts me in a mood akin to that of a child at Toys ‘R Us, but then I took a deeper look at the article, after flipping through all the eye candy of inventions.
On the right side of the pages that contained this article, there was a list of categories in which inventions were highlighted. What I noticed was that the category of “health” was
third, sixth, last…that’s right last. Now maybe I’m reading too much into the situation but you have to wonder how the categories were ordered. How does “architecture” come before health….architecture?
If we actually take a step back and look at all the cool toys and gadgets that come out, all the computer related bling, the big screen TVs and the Mars Rover – how well does health rank in our list of importance? One of the most interesting inventions in the category is a highlight on prosthetic technology. It just felt like there was something missing for personal health gadgets or software. I mean, even though I haven’t taken a hard look at it, Microsoft’s HealthVault might have been a good candidate!
Bottomline is, I really feel people may have drooled and cackled with futuristic glee at the other categories but skipped past the health section or at the very least, looked at a giant metal foot, yawned and continued through to the next section. I’m not saying that there needs to be a sexiness factor to health but I’m feeling that if it’s not a revolutionary weight loss pill – personal health comes in last place and people have already left the stadium.
For more information on the Best Inventions of the Year, check out the November 12th issue of Time
I pretty much share in this way of thinking right now. I love gathering information but the rewards come with the “doing” rather than just absorbing and thinking.
Also, Ramit Sethi, the author of the blog I Will Teach You To Be Rich (where that link goes to) was recently featured in the SF Chronicle.
Great job Ramit – thanks for spurring me to action & change!
Remember when computers were really clunky objects that you only knew existed in your classroom (5th grade for me)? I mean, I knew at that young age that I wanted to get involved somehow with technology. Ah yes…I remember now…hours upon hours of time spent playing Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego and and [insert inappropriately excited voice here] the original Space Quest series! Oh, oh, but we CERTAINLY cannot leave out one of the greatest early games of all time….OREGON TRAIL!! That’s right folks…Aunt Martha just got dysentery after drinking river water. Ah yes, good times.
Well fortunately for us, time has zoomed by and we now have great personal computers that have gone into our homes and then everywhere we go – the undisputed mobile technology culture is in full swing! Which brings me to the recent news of a Taiwanese computer company that just produced their Eee PC. The Eee PC is small in dimension and just looking at it makes you wonder if it’s a toy or actual computing device!
But for any practical purposes, this is a great step forward for devices that can be set up in the classroom (came back full circle!). From the CNET site where I saw the news, one of the pictures shows a group of young students huddled around an area where there are a few of these Eee PC. Is it a coincidence that young kids are drawn to this? With computing technology getting smaller and smaller, it becomes an automatic draw to children and teens. Portability is the theme of today. Who has time to sit at home in order to communicate or send emails? I rather send that when I’m shopping at Target…err, Banana Republic.
At the U.S. launch of the Eee PC, plenty of school children were on hand to test out the tiny kid-friendly laptop. The Linux-based computer has an entirely graphical interface, a short boot-up time, a solid-state drive, and a variety of educational applications and games intended to grab kids’ attention.
Bottom line is, with these technologies coming out that allow for internet access and other computing abilities in such a compact manner – how can this translate into benefits for the public health and education world? Portability should be the best thing going for health education! Think about it, one of the main issues with health education is getting into places that need help the most and just spreading the word – with portable devices, we can show people and carry on presentations on the fly! The possibilities are becoming even more endless.