#WeNurses - Thursday 27th September 2018 8pm (GMT Standard Time) A healthy approach to tech or a tech approach to healthy?

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NHS Digital tweeted an interesting question recently:



There were some interesting responses:







The World Health Organisation clearly outlined the state of the global populations health with recent data reporting "more than one in four adults globally (28% or 1.4 billion people) are physically inactive." and "Women were less active than men, with an over 8% difference at the global level (32% men vs 23%, women). High income countries are more inactive (37%) compared with middle income (26%) and low income countries (16%)." WHO now have an aim to reduce physical inactivity: 

"The new Global Action Plan on Physical Activity sets the target to reduce physical inactivity by 10% by 2025 and 15% by 2030." 

So what role can / is tech playing in keeping us and the people we care for healthy? It's clear we are not just talking wearables here - Fitbits, iWatches, Moov, Garmin etc - but also things like weight loss apps , activity apps, social media support groups like #NHS1000miles, #NursesActive or #ThisGirlCan, all those things that help to keep us fit and healthy!  And what does this mean for nursing and the way we practice? 


This #WeNurses discussion aims to ask the following questions:

  • What tech can help to promote health?
  • What are the challenges of using tech, such as fitness trackers, apps or social media groups, to promote healthy lifestyles? 
  • What are the advantages of using tech, such as fitness trackers, apps or social media groups, to promote healthy lifestyles? 
  • What implications does tech such as fitness trackers, apps or social media groups have for nursing and the way we practice? 
  • How can tech help nurses to play their part in the WHO target to reduce physical inactivity by 10% by 2025 and 15% by 2030?


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