Quantified Self Weight Loss Ignite talk ML Fung 2011
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The most valuable part of participating was to learn HOW MUCH social support and social assertiveness was key to weight loss and maintenance. The world is filled with so many ways that socially sabotage us in losing weight and keeping it off. Of course will power is necessary too, but I found that the teamwork and social support of being in the program which met weekly for 6 months was essential. The other key factor was that weight loss was not the only goal. It was one of 4, the others were: Quality of Life, Active Lifestyle, Balanced Nutrition.
Creating and giving the talk brought home the importance of working to converge the Personal Science of QS'ers as the Quantified Self practitioners call ourselves, with the Professional Science that gives us treatments, devices and drugs approved by the FDA. Its not going to be easy, but lots of people are working on it.
A standout at the conference was wwww.ProjectHealthDesign.org funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - taking everyday observations and connecting them to improve health and prevent crisis/illness. Tina Park and Patty Heronnen gave great talks on different projects within the initiative. Kudos to RWJ for being so future minded. UPDATE 9/11/11 - The community for health activists at WeGo Health TV created a video of me giving this talk - you can watch it here