Dr. Nefertiti Durant, Division of General Pediatrics and
Adolescent Medicine at the University of Alabama at
Birmingham and associate medical director at Children’s of
Alabama, decided to meet young adults where they are by
developing web-based technology to help those struggling with obesity.
Through her efforts, Durant, with support from the Alabama Heart Association and Rodney Joseph, PH.D, has created Love Your Heart, a virtual community of support to help members lose weight and improve their overall health.
Physical inactivity is a huge risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
“The great thing about technology is that it meets people where they are,” Durant said. “There are some people who don’t need a lot of help and other groups that keep each other accountable.”
Through Durant’s online platform, users can gain access to
nutrition and weight tracking tools, exercise demonstration
videos, motivational tools, blogs, recipes and more. Fifteen out of 27 young adults who completed Durant’s study showed an increase in physical activity by an average of 82.5 minutes per week and decreased the amount of time they spent sitting idle in front of the TV and on the Internet. Participants in the program also have benefited from the increased social support and innovative coaching.
None of the participants showed any weight gain.
To find out more about Love Your Heart or to see how you can get involved, visit loveyourheartaha.com.
DID YOU KNOW?
You can get these bonus benefits for getting fit.
• Save Money For Losing Weight: Weight Watchers offers to waive the first two months membership fees for any member who loses 10 pounds within two months of joining.
• Earn Retail Discounts: MaximusLife is an online platform that allows users to earn rewards such as retail discounts when their fitness goals are achieved.
• Support Hunger Relief: Fitbit partnered with Feeding America, so consumers who opted in the FitforFood campaign and participated in the organizations’ goal to burn 1 billion calories helped buy 1.5 million meals for U.S. citizens in need.