Healthy Nudges

Tonight’s Design for Health class at Stanford focused on health design in the workplace. Listening to examples of how Google provides, but doesn’t force, healthy eating options for its employees was particularly exciting because all of the examples cited could (should?) be implemented at companies that aren’t worth billions of dollars.

Yes, eating healthier costs more than eating for convenience. Yes, eating healthier will take more time than eating for convenience. But it’s worth it, right?

The idea is not to enact radical, sweeping change at a moment’s notice – those types of efforts are difficult to maintain. But if you try to nudge your habits and tendencies in a healthier direction, there’s going to be a better chance of sticking with them in the long run.

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Human-less Doctors

I posed this question to the people following the latest Design for Health class I attended at Stanford.

For me, my diagnosis is already set in stone. I have type 1 diabetes. But for other situations, for other people, would you be comfortable receiving an accurate diagnosis without having to actually see a person?

Sure, Dr. Google is a term we throw around, somewhat in jest, but what if Dr. Google became a reality? What if you didn’t have to speak to a person, sit in a waiting room, fight traffic to make your appointment on time?

What do you think about that?

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