Activity & Weight Management
Programs monitoring activity and weight to promote health and wellness are being developed by Partners HealthCare Connected Health. Over the past several years, activity and weight programs for school-aged children and teens, employees and patients with chronic conditions have been piloted and tested for feasibility and efficacy for these targeted populations. As the technology to measure this data improves, there is opportunity to optimize program design and strategies to improve patient engagement.
We conduct dozens of research programs to evaluate a range of personal connected health devices, sensors and wearables. Here are some recent and current pilots and initiatives:
- Step It Up – In collaboration with Partners Community Health and the Boston Public Schools, Step it Up was a competition-based activity program for third and fourth graders at several urban schools.
- Go for the Gold – Funded by the Verizon Foundation, this program was brought to ninth graders participating in the MGH Center for Community Health’s after school STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education program. The program incorporated wearable activity monitors, team-based challenges, incentives and SMS-based feedback to teach the students about their activity levels, healthy living, reading and understanding data, supporting their community and organizing teams.
- Text 2 Move – Funded by the McKesson Foundation, Text 2 Move incorporated wearable activity monitors and intelligent SMS-based personalized feedback and education to patients with diabetes. Read more about Text 2 Move here.
- Happy Feet – An employee based activity program at the MGH Revere Health Center, Happy Feet incorporated a wearable activity monitor, team-based challenges, incentives and healthy living education.
- Patients with Cirrhosis – MGH Gastroenterology is piloting the use of wireless scales and BP monitors to patients with this chronic liver disease, to more closely monitor patients and avoid hospitalizations.