I'm an internist who has been practicing primary care in Mississippi for the last 30 years.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than half of all Americans live with a preventable chronic disease. Many of these diseases are related to obesity, understanding food nutrition, and physical activity.
Adult obesity in Mississippi has increased dramatically over the last 15 years, now having the highest adult obesity rate in the nation. Mississippi's adult obesity rate is 35.1%, up from 28.1% in 2004.
I propose using basic ubiquitous fitness trackers and weight scales and enrolling high risk patients into a Weight Loss Program that integrates fitness trackers, weight scales, telemedicine, food education, and emotional support.
The fitness trackers and weight scales would be offered to the patient as part of the Program (and returned at the end of the program). The fitness tracker and weight scales would beam information to a web interface that the physician and patient can follow. Over a set time frame, the patient would regularly check in with a nutrition counselor, health coach, and physician. Based on progression, the patient would also received regularly space education about food and fitness.
Pilot this program at a community center with a small group (n=30) in Mississippi over 10 weeks. Look at communication, distribution of fitness trackers, weight scales, feasibility of a telemedicine platform located at the community center. End points will be looking at compliance, feasibility, weight loss, and blood pressure.
Background on Obesity in Mississippi:
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