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November 2014

STEP 11: Discover eHealth

Use technology as a tool to learn and retain valuable information about your family’s health.

There's an "App" for that!

Consider downloading these fitness and wellness smartphone applications that can track and motivate your health progress.

RunKeeper RunKeeper
Available for iOS and Android (Free)
Description: Motivator, GPS activity tracker and (long-term) health graph.
Integration: Bluetooth and Fitbit, WeightTraining.com, Fitocracy, Lose It!, Gympact and GAIN Fitness and more.

Lift Lift
Available for iOS (Free)
Description: Breaks down your challenging personal goals into micro habits; Users create and join habits, clicking Lift’s big button if they’ve met their goal that day, and all activity is public, where users can cheerlead for their peers and receive encouragement. The app pushes your accumulated data into good-looking graphs and charts, showing you how consistent you’ve been in meeting your new, positive habits.

Charity Miles Charity Miles
Available for iOS and Android (Free)
Description: Tracks every mile you run, bike, or walk, and corporate sponsors make donations to charities based on your results. All you have to do to make a difference is link up and get moving!


Cyberbullying happens when someone sends or posts harmful or cruel messages or images via the Internet or other electronic communication devices such as e-mail, instant messaging, text messaging, social networking sites, web pages, blogs, virtual worlds or interactive game sites. The harassment can be conducted anonymously 24 hours a day, making the victim a perpetual target. Hurtful or embarrassing messages or images can remain online indefinitely to damage a person’s social life, friendships and reputation. The term "cyberbullying" is used when the victim or bully is a child or teen. The term cyber harassment is used when the victim is an adult. Here are some guidelines for coping with cyberbullying.

  • Don't respond to the bully - even to the first offense. It only escalates the problem.
  • Print copies and save the messages as evidence. Young children can be instructed to shut off the monitor if something upsetting appears (not the computer) and/or CALL YOU.
  • Block the sender or point out how you can click the warning button on an instant message (IM) screen or chat screen that alerts the Internet Service Provider of objectionable material.
  • If the perpetrator is found to be another student, share evidence with the guidance counselor. Although 70% of cyberbullying happens when a youngster is home, it often involves other students in the school.
  • If the cyberbullying continues, contact the perpetrator's parents. It can be very effective in helping everyone. Given that you have saved evidence, you can invite the need for steps to correct a dangerous situation for all.
  • If needed, contact an attorney to help you deal with the parents of the perpetrator.
  • If the cyberbullying contains threats, intimidation, obscene material or sexual exploitation, report it to the police or cybercrime unit it your area.
  • Seek support and professional help for yourself and/or your child if emotional stress is reflected in depression, desperation, anxiety or thoughts of self-harm.

Source: Make a Difference for Kids

Popular Wearable Activity Trackers

Are you reaching your daily goal of 10,000 steps? How long did it take you to fall asleep last night? How many calories did you burn sitting at your desk today? If you were wearing an activity tracker, you’d have all the answers. Not only do these little devices track activity like steps, but they also encourage you to move more and provide insight into your health. With all the gadgets to choose from, how do you know which activity tracker is right for you?

Fitbit is a popular wearable activity tracker that retails for around around $99. The small, lightweight device clips onto your clothing (and is meant to be worn somewhere on the torso) or fits into an elastic armband when sleeping. It tracks the number of steps taken each day, the amount of sleep each night, is sensitive to movement and calculates number of calories burned each day. Easy upload of daily activities to the user Fitbit account through a wireless USB connection or Bluetooth.

Nike+ FuelBand. Nike is making waves in the fitness-tracking space with its wearable health tracker, with the QS bracelet selling for $150 on Nike’s website and in Apple stores. The FuelBand is for casual activity use as a motivator for workouts, not for the serious athlete. It looks great, comes with a great mobile app, and tracks whether or not you’re burning calories each day and meeting your basic fitness goals.

FitLinxx Pebble is a simple device that clips to a shoe, belt, waistband, pocket or bra, blending seamlessly into daily life for about $60. This waterproof device automatically tracks the number of steps taken, calories burned, distance traveled and total activity time throughout the day, and works across multiple activity types. A user’s activity data will transmit to any active SyncPoint close to where they walk, whether they are at home or at the office. Since the device is able to regularly transmit data, users can see their data any time they visit their personal website to track their progress and stay motivated and achieve activity goals every day.

Electronic Health Records: A Positive Impact

The implementation of electronic health records (EHRs) in a large, integrated, health care delivery system resulted in significant decreases in the numbers of emergency room visits and hospitalizations for diabetes patients, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The study is the first to show a reduction in unfavorable clinical events due to electronic health records implementation. "Using the electronic health record in the outpatient setting improved the quality of care in ways that cumulatively resulted in fewer negative events," said Mary Reed, DrPH, staff scientist with the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research, and the study's lead author.

Extensive electronic health records were implemented in 17 medical centers across Kaiser Permanente's Northern California region between 2005 and 2008. The sample included 169,711 patients with diabetes older than 1 year in the Kaiser Permanente diabetes clinical registry between 2004 and 2009. While annual emergency room visits declined 5.5 percent and annual hospitalizations declined 5.2 percent, the researchers did not find any significant change in the number of office visits for patients with diabetes before and after electronic health records were implemented.

Source: Article courtesy of Kaiser Permanente, Division of Research, Press Release 09/10/2013.

Step Up!

  • KIDS: Ask a parent or teacher to help you Be a Fit Kid, and go to the kidshealth.org website.
  • TEENS: Keep your comments and pictures positive when sending texts, emails or posting on social media websites.
  • ADULTS: Try a new website or smartphone app that will keep you motivated to be healthy and active.



Take 12 Steps to Family Health

The Take 12 program is free and anyone can participate at any time. This program is designed to:

  • Help you accomplish healthy goals each month, with tips to keep you going for the duration.
  • Give you access to information - free workshops are available each month on different healthy topics and bulletin boards loaded with information are posted at all the RECenters.
  • Provide an opportunity for you to experience fitness and wellness programs offered across Fairfax County.
  • Empower you to make important lifestyle changes... you can do it!
  • Plus, sign-up to receive the monthly e-newsletter, packed with recipes and healthy tips, upcoming events, and opportunities to achieve your Take 12 goals!
2015 Healthy Strides Community 5k/10K, Burke Lake Park, April 25, 2015

2015 Healthy Strides Community 5K/10K
Burke Lake Park, April 25, 2015, 7:30 a.m.
7315 Ox Road, Fairfax Station, VA 22039

We are seeking support from local businesses and organizations for Take 12! Steps for Community Health in 2015. Our participants are the same people your business is looking to attract. Take advantage of this opportunity.



Take 12 Steps for Family Health in 2014 Calendar
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12 Months, 12 healthy goals. Don't miss out on this year's great family wellness opportunities in the Fairfax County community! The calendar contains fitness and wellness tips, ways to improve your nutritional habits, and better health ideas for kids, teens and adults. Also, the calendar contains coupons to use throughout the year. STEP UP to better health!


Healthy Workshops and Events are always being added!
Check our events calendar often for great opportunities in the community.

All events are free (unless indicated with a "$") and require advanced registration.
To register, please email Take12@fairfaxcounty.gov.


We are looking for people who have used the Take 12 program and found better health as a result of their participation. We are also looking for any kind of feedback about the program - the calendar, events, workshops, tips, articles - anything that you want to tell us, we're listening! Email us at Take12@fairfaxcounty.gov.


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