The Health Challenge That Drowned Me

Our health challenge started back in January, and we were able to get two teams of 20 each, competing against each other over the 3 month challenge time frame. This is actually quite a sophisticated event. An external company that specializes in these challenge events, set up a web site to track and monitor each participant on a daily basis.

Nurses were brought in at the outset to take our measures on key health metrics (waist size, weight, height, blood pressure, body fat percentage, blood sugar and cholesterol level). The winning team is the team that achieves the highest total points during the challenge.

Points are awarded on a daily basis for the number of minutes of exercise (minimum 20 and maximum 60), plus bonus points for attaining a minimum level of water consumption (8 glasses), a minimum level of fruits and vegetables (5 servings), and for doing anything “green” (composting, recycling, etc.). You need to achieve the minimum exercise minutes or the bonus points do not apply.

Now, I have had no trouble at all achieving the 20 minute daily exercise limit. I also achieve my bonus points for recycling every day. Most days I’m OK with the fruits and vegetables, but my real issue is trying to down eight glasses of water every day.

Most of my co-workers tell me that this is no problem for them, but for me, honestly I feel like I’m drowning some days. I’m sure there are all sorts of articles out there that tell us how important eight glasses a day is to our health. I would like to believe that there are just as many articles that warn of the issues that can arise from over indulging.

I was reading through the material from a special diet program that my daughter was on a year or so ago. The material was very clear that we should not be drinking any fluids during a meal. The fluids interfere with the natural acids in our system that work to effectively digest our food. That made a lot of sense to me.

A co-worker passed me another article just the other day that explained how important it was to guzzle a quart of water one hour before every meal. Maybe the water passes through the system before the meal, so maybe this makes sense as well.

So why is then, that whenever I guzzle a quart or liter of water before a meal, that I feel bloated for hours. It actually ruins my meal. For me to get through eight glasses of water a day, I need to drink small amounts at regular intervals. It seems then that for me, I am not doing myself any good trying to keep up with this level of water consumption.

I’m definitely going to do some more research on this. I would also love to hear from any and all out there that have any knowledge on this subject, or perhaps even some words of wisdom that could help me through this.

I’m slowly drowning, so please don’t take too long to respond.

Analyze Performance With the Web-Based Metrics

Metrics are used by businesses in order for them to define and measure their progress in comparison with the goals that have been established by the organization. These can be both financial and non financial. To put it simply, the metrics are measures that will help you comprehend how well you are doing when judged against your organizational objectives. Now, things are even simpler since there are now the web-based metrics. You can just go online and download or run the application that will provide you with the information regarding the progress o your company. It will be a whole lot easier for business individuals to highlight their success or the failures according to the main purpose of their company.

Online metrics are much more effective compared to the application based metrics. This is because you will be able to save your data via the web. You do not have to download a program just so you can get the details regarding your company’s health. This means that you will only have to open your web browser and then you can obtain the data or the report that you are required to review for that certain time. Performance assessment is easy with the metrics but the hard part here is to ensure that you have chosen the right metrics so that your company will always be on top of the game.

During the selection process, it is important that you understand what your business is all about. This way, you will be able to provide the objectives of your company and they will become the bases of the online metrics. For instance, you are running a website. Most people would think that one of the best metrics that they ca utilize here is the time of the visitors on a certain page. That is actually wrong since you do not have to start by observing on your acquired traffic. Therefore, you should make sure that your metrics put a stress on the objectives. This means that you will need to focus on your customers first.

So, if you are looking for metrics or key performance indicators for your website, you can go for the conversion rate. This is because you will need to concentrate primarily on the outcomes and without the goals, your site does not have conversion rate. Another KPI that you should have is the average order value, which will help you understand why you have high conversion rate and yet you have low revenues.

Web-based metrics are truly powerful. You will no longer have problems when it comes to dealing with the collection and analysis of the data because you can easily get them anytime, anywhere. Additionally, you will not have to worry about making decisions at the correct time because you will not experience lag time due to the fact that you can access your company data in real time mode. If your business is facing challenges, you will be able to solve the difficulties as well as those that might take place in the near future.

How to Measure a Health Scorecard

As medical discovery progresses, more and more diseases are found out. The causes of these diseases are also published in several medical journals and with the advent of the information highway, people can easily get information they need to prevent these diseases. It is observed that a lot of people have also become conscious about their health. There is an influx of gyms where people can work out. Almost all food companies take into consideration the amount of fat present in their products. In essence, this age is the age of health consciousness. But how does one measure his own health? What kind of health scorecard should one person use?

There are many ways to check one’s condition. However, these methodologies vary according to the current health condition of the individual. To align this, there is a standard way of measuring one’s own health, which includes not only food intake but also activities and habits. There are a total of 12 questions in the average questionnaire which will be discussed below.

Gender

Not all human beings are prone to the same diseases. Of course, breast cancer is very prominent in women. Colon cancer is known to be more of a hazard to men. A person’s gender significantly impacts health because men and women have different amounts of hormones present in the physiological system and these hormones have different reactions to the various substances taken in.

Height and Weight

There is ideal height and weight for every age group. This, of course, has several standards depending on race or ethnicity. One cannot expect to grow six feet tall in Asia. This is not to say that Asians cannot grow six feet tall. However, rarely does it occur for Asians to reach six feet tall. Simply put, there is an average height for every race.

Diet

This includes the number of fruits and vegetables taken every day. Ideally, every person should consume about three to four servings of fruits and vegetables every day. People may say that they feel healthy, even if their diet does not consist of fruits, just hamburgers and lean meat. Fruits and greens are still essential, as proven by science.

Exercise

This is something not all people do. Think about it. People drive cars, sit in their offices, ride elevators instead of taking the stairs, use their cars to go home, and then sit in front of the television or computer and they go to sleep. Many people do not exercise and do not even walk. It is strongly advised that everybody should get at least 30 minutes of exercise per day. And with this, it means real exercise, and not just brisk walking.

Now that we know the basics of a health scorecard, we should check if we are really at par with what needs to be measured. Also, include in here the tobacco and alcohol intake. These substances should be taken moderately at all times. People should also look into basic habits, such as using the seatbelt, not jay walking, and more. A healthy lifestyle is also a healthy habit.