Lively Health - A Lifestyle Conditioning App to Prevent Chronic Diseases
According to the RAND Corporation’s healthcare report on Multiple Chronic Conditions (MCCs) – a chronic condition is a physical or mental health condition that lasts more than one year and causes functional restrictions or requires ongoing monitoring or treatment. It is a long-term unhealthy condition that can be considered as a disease. The United States spent $4 Trillion on health care cost, ranked #1 in the world. About 60% of the US adults or 81% of the US seniors have one or more kinds of chronic diseases that used almost ~90% of the nation’s health care budget. That means the remaining 40% of the healthy adults use merely ~10% of the health care cost. Chronic disease and multiple chronic diseases are not only costly, but they also have negatively affected our nation’s life expectancy. The average U.S. life expectancy is ~79 years, ranked #46 among nations and ~6 years shorter lifespan than Japan, and Hong Kong.
Chronic diseases exist in both physical and mental forms. One in four U.S. adults has hypertension, and one in five has high cholesterol (lipid disorders). Mental disorders – mood, and anxiety disorder collectively account for 21.6% of the chronic diseases in the U.S.
The rising prevalence of chronic disease is a challenge to the public health. We spent $4 trillion on health care, of which 90% or $3.6 trillion is being spent on chronic care. The remaining 40% of the healthy population uses merely 10% of the care cost. Each chronic condition shortens your lifespan by 1.8 years, according to Rand MCC report.
According to a CDC report on March 31st, 2020, 94% of the U.S. COVID-19 mortality were patients with underlying disease or diseases. Therefore, chronic disease(s) are the leading risk factor for COVID-19 mortality.
Fortunately, a Harvard School of Public Health study reveals that following 5 simple habits may prolong your life by 10 years or more. The study started by following participants starting at the age of 50. The 5 healthy habits are no smoking, no excess drinking, regular exercise, diet, and weight control. The result shows that participants were 82% less likely to die from cardiovascular disease and 65% less likely to die from cancer when compared to those with the least healthy lifestyles throughout the roughly 30-year study period.
Holistic health is a methodology to address multiple areas of health, instead of focusing only on one specific health problem. The U.S. CDC report that everyday lifestyle choices account for 53% of key factors influencing an individual’s state of health, whereas genes only account for 18% and environment 19%. Lively Health App integrates 13 proven healthy lifestyle choices covering five holistic health pillars – physical, mental, spiritual, financial, and medical – to improve quality of life, prevent illness, and help one live a healthier and longer life.
The Harvard study inspired the Joe and Emmy Liu Foundation to devote resources for a holistic lifestyle choices education and behavior conditioning App – using Smart Cloud and App for chronic disease prevention to save lives.
The Lively Health App integrates 13 evidence-based healthy lifestyle choices with awareness education, self-motivation, behavior conditioning, and long-term adherence in mind, that covers not only Harvard’s five physical healthy lifestyles, but also mental mindsets, financial plan, and social support for mood and anxiety disorder prevention, BMI and vital signs monitoring for holistic chronic disease prevention. Based on Harvard’s study, long-term adherence to a holistic healthy lifestyle choices App can earn you a disease-free life and gain extra years of longevity.
The Lively Health App uses flashcard-based behavior trackers to educate user, with a set of cloud-based Health Score & Longevity Range Calculator to motivate and conditioning user’s lifestyle behaviors and long-term adherence.
Lively Health App invented the Health Score & Longevity Range Calculator using positive and negative behavior reinforcements in a simple scoring system to motivate users: positive 10 points for healthy behavior, 5 points for decent behavior, 0 points for unhealthy behavior, negative 10 points for unhealthy behavior, etc.
Traditional thinking pushed the idea that good genes and a healthy environment were necessary to achieve a healthy longevity. However, modern telehealth has made preventive health much easier, and bringing the potential for improved health to a larger segment of the population. Using Lively Health App to form good lifestyle habits can help users achieve preventive health and longevity anyplace and anytime, thus can delaying chronic diseases and turn more people to be centenarians. The bottom-line is using the Lively Health App can help people live healthier, longer, and happier.
Eat fish & vegetable
Portion & calorie control
Thankful & spiritual
Purposeful & meaningful
Positive mindset & resilience
Socially connected to family & friends
7 hours of quality sleep
Financial planning & control
No smoking or substance abuse
Regular health checkup
Glucose & Cholesterol control
Blood pressure control