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Empowering at the Uppsala Health Summit

At the Uppsala Health Summit in Uppsala, Sweden, Michael Quarshie from MealLogger and public health researcher Dr. Pilvikki Absetz helped in hosting a workshop called “Empowering Healthy Behaviors.” The workshop covered strategies and partnerships to help people change or maintain healthy behaviors and looked at how technology can aid behavior change.

Most often, when trying to change behavior, we focus on why the change needs to be made rather than on how to do it. While knowing the why is important, research evidence clearly shows it is not enough to create lasting change. Helping people figure out how to change is perhaps even more important.

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3 Reasons Why Written Food Logs Are So Last Century

Counting calories is a time-consuming, soul-sucking practice that, despite being a common way to track eating, is not as beneficial as we might think – for professionals or for patients. There is value in having patients record the foods they eat, to understand what they are consuming and offer accountability, and it is critical that patients understand relative calories (like, high for brownies versus low for broccoli), but it’s not necessary that they record every single calorie they intake.

Most professionals know the drawbacks of written food logs, but let’s highlight the biggest ones here: Continue reading

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Virtual peer support groups deliver real-life results

Researchers from the University of Helsinki presented their findings of a four-week feasibility study at the Connected Health Symposium in Boston in October 2016. The results showed that virtual peer support groups with overweight, diabetic men and women moderated by a nutrition professional using MealLogger can effectively promote healthy eating. Continue reading

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Do you want to lead our sales? We’re Hiring!

If you’re an experience health marketing and sales professional, MealLogger is hiring for a VP/Director of Sales position.  Become a critical team member on the ground floor of our growing company.  Does getting digital tools into the hands of people to better their own lives appeal to you? Do you feel that health counselors aren’t reaching enough people? Do you enjoy a challenge? Then you might be for us and we might be for you!

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MealLogger at the Nordic Eating Disorder Conference

MealLogger was proud to present at the biannual conference of the Nordic Eating Disorder Society. The conference was hosted in Helsinki at the end of September. Speakers at the event included Dr. Cynthia Bulik (UNC), Dr. David Clinton (Karolinska Institute) and psychologist and psychologist and cognitive psychotherapist Pia Charpentier.

Pia is also the founder and CEO of the Center for Eating Disorders in Finland (CED) and shared some of the CED’s experiences in using MealLogger. You can click here to read more about how CED has been using MealLogger with 40 patients.

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Using image-based food journaling with eating disorder patients in an out-patient setting.

 

Dietary counseling is central to rehabilitating patients with eating disorders. Encouraging patients to develop healthy and regular eating patterns forms the crux of effective therapy. Because many patients with eating disorders experience anxiety about food quantities, calculating precise nutrient intakes is not typically recommended. Obtaining an accurate log is nonetheless essential to troubleshooting, making meal photographs an invaluable tool in effective nutrition counseling.

The Center for Eating Disorders (CED) in Helsinki, Finland, has used MealLogger with 40 outpatients for an average duration of 3 months with each patient. 23 of the patients had been diagnosed with anorexia, 10 with binge eating disorder, and 7 with bulimia. Each received extensive app-based outpatient support. Continue reading

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Competitions

We make huge strides when pitted against each other, since winning innately feels great. MealLogger allows professionals create customized challenges for their more competitive clients, so they can go head-to-head and experience fantastic progress along the way. Create competitions that start out easy and become progressively more challenging one week at a time. A sample challenge for weight loss clients might look like this:

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Clients can see where they stand on the scoreboard, and once the competition concludes, prizes can be awarded, either between the participants themselves (i.e. free dinner) or by the trainer/gym (i.e. free training session). The prize should be nominal, nothing fancy, as everyone involved knows that the goal is health- and weight-related, and squaring up against friends and acquaintances can be exciting in and of itself.

To illustrate, check out a recent healthy eating challenge that Sports Dietitian Andrew Pierce ran for the Columbia University Football Team.

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