Author: Marie-Pier Rochon (Page 2)

2015 Trends: Healthy Changes to Your Diet

Over two thousand years, Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine! “ Although today’s modern medicine means that we have developed drugs that can treat diseases that were incurable at the time of Hippocrates, it still remains important to think about the food we eat as a source of energy and well-being for our bodies.

A change of diet to create healthier habits seems to be one of the most important concerns for the health of people, globally. The latest version of the Nielsen Global Survey (Q3, 2014) shows that while several people set a goal to lose weight this year, many hope to reach that goal simply by changing their diet (75%) compared to those who wish to use drugs to help them lose weight (7%) or medication prescribed by the doctor (11%).

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For those who take drugs, it will be important to take them as prescribe, meaning at the right time and at the right frequency to have the desired effect. If you are part of that category, don’t forget to add your new medications your pill reminder list on your MedOClock application.

For those who are part of the majority who wishes to change their diet, you can also use the application to give you a helping hand. For example, add some reminders for each portion of fruit and vegetable you need each day to help you meet your daily requirements and eat at the right times instead of just snacking when you feel like doing something, especially if you’re used to snacking when you’re bored or when you need to get an energy boost in the late afternoon.

The most common changes in diets that people wish to make according to the Nielsen Global Survey include:

  • Avoid foods that contain artificial colours and flavours
  • Prioritise meals and snacks made mainly of fruits and vegetables
  • Look for foods high in protein, and whole grains
  • Seek foods high in calcium, vitamins and minerals
  • Reduce their intake of cholesterol, salt, sugar and fat
  • Avoid foods containing corn syrup, caffeine and gluten
  • Buy local and organic products

Note that these changes are simply the new habits that the survey respondents want to create for the next year. Before making changes to your diet, it is advisable to consult your doctor to make sure you start on the right foot and follow recommendations that will be beneficial to your health.

What food habit are important to you? Will you make changes to your diet in 2015?

MedOClock is so easy to use, even your kids can do it!

Photos optimisees pour site MOC 12That’s right! MedOClock is so easy to use, even your own children can learn to use it to take control of their medication and for other important health reminders.

As a parent, your life is already very busy and you have hundreds of things to remember to do every day. Wake up, get the kids ready, don’t forget the lunch, sign that permission slip, bring them to school, and so on. Add medication reminders to that and it’s just one more thing that can get lost in the chaos of your family life. MedOClock is there to help you worry a little but less about pill reminders by making it easy for you to set-up notifications for health-related reminders for you and your whole family.

When your child needs to take medication during the day time and you can’t always be there to make sure it happens correctly, MedOClock can help. Simply install it on an iPod, an iPhone or an Android device that your child or his carer is allow to carry with them. Then, you’ll simply need to set-up the correct reminder alerts and show them how to “tick off” the correct medication once they’ve taken their pill. That’s all!

This means less worry for you when you child is away at school, at a friend’s house, or even away for a few days. You can then use your own app on your own device to check if they have taken their medication. That way, there’s also no need to pester your child or worry and call his carers to see if he did or didn’t take his medication.

Letting your child take care if his own MedOClock reminders also means that you can teach him how to manage his own medications by getting correct reminder alerts when it needs to be taken.

Not only can you add reminder for pills but you can also add reminders for things such as diabetes blood testing and injections, or simpler things like brushing their teeth. Learn how to set-up these times of reminders here.

Also, by setting up an emergency contact in your child’s MedOClock, you can make it easy in case of emergency for your child to get in touch with the right person. A carer, or an occasional babysitter may not necessarily know who to contact other than a parents, and the application allows you to add the right medical contact in case of emergency.

All you need to do is to download MedOClock on your child’s device from the Apple Store or Google Play, then set-up the correct reminders and that’s it. One less thing to worry about leaving you with much more time to enjoy your family life.

Use MedOClock for lasting resolutions

15524793994_0395c2a017_oDid you take healthy resolutions for the new year? And are they still working or do you need a helping hand?

MedOClock can help you keep the promises you made yourself by sending you regular reminders for the new habits you are trying to create. For example, instead of adding a medication reminder, you can insert a reminder for a new habit such as taking a walk or a break for some relaxing meditation.

To know how to add this type of reminder to your app, simply read “MedOClock: Beyond Medication Reminders”.

We’d like to know, what are your new year’s resolutions for 2015?