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Andrew Z.

Location:

San Francisco, CA

Member since:

May 22, 2013

We are highly selective with admitting new members (~20% admit rate), so fully completed profile questions will get priority. What is your full name and LinkedIn profile URL?

I am interested in preventative medicine. I believe that personal habits and behaviors account for most of the medical burden experienced in hospitals. Poor habits and choices in terms of diet, exercise, alcohol consumption and smoking account for obesity and many morbidities related to it such as heart disease and diabetes. Cancer as well can be linked to poor health choices made throughout life. I want to learn how to design behaviors in a way that will stick that I can use with clients to help them realize a healthier and happier life without feeling like they have to sacrifice their happiness to do it.

What is the nature of your interest in designing experiences for personal habit development?

No answer yet

Can you share a 5-minute personal story about a successful habit practice that's lasted longer than 100 days? If so, please give us just a quick synopsis!

Yes. I wanted to gain weight while also eating healthy and inexpensively. I thought it was impossible. However, I developed a system where I planned out several cheap, healthy and high calorie meal options. Then I would shop on sundays and make the meals for the entire week. Despite trying to gain weight through highschool and college, I was not able to do it and when I did, I saw my grocery bill spiraling out of control and much of the food would go uneaten. The last 5 months that I have been implementing my new habit for planning, shopping and prepping my meals, I have spent significantly less on groceries while eating healthier and gaining 30lb to get up to a healthy weight for my height.

Which (if any) relevant guest speaker(s) could you contact to speak at a future meetup with whom you already have a personal relationship?

I have a personal relationship with BJ Fogg of the Stanford Persuasive Tech lab. I am also connected to many people in sports training that I could contact about health habits in relation to exercise.

Which specific host locations (if any) could you contact to host/sponsor a future meetup?

I am a member of Stanford University. As an alumni, staff member, and a former athlete I could contact several organizations at Stanford that could be interested in hosting/sponsoring an event

Introduction

I am a former athlete who is passionate about health and wellness. I am very interested in the intersection between behavior design/change and healthy living.


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