Author Archives: Mark Feinholz

About Mark Feinholz

Software developer, architect, technical product manager. Inspired by technology to help us live happier and healthier lives.

From Prevention to Extraordinary

In my previous post I introduced the idea that health is a practice, not a destination – being healthy is what you do, not what state your body is currently in. I’d like to try to further develop this idea here … Continue reading

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Practice Health, Not Prevention

What is ‘health’? What does it mean to be healthy? If I’m not sick, am I healthy? As long as I’m not sick, does it matter? Health is a complex concept, it means different things depending on the context. Our … Continue reading

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Staying Engaged: How To Use Streaks and Weekly Goals

Establishing new behaviors that eventually become habits that can lead to a new identity or sense of self can be hard. Two techniques that have worked to help me stay engaged as I work towards creating new habits are streaks and weekly … Continue reading

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A Small But Significant Patient-Centered Example

Digital health solutions that facilitate patient engagement must put the patient in charge, not the physician. Outside of the clinic, where health happens, in the day-in, day-out lives of people, we have to let the patient take ownership of and … Continue reading

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From Tiny Habits to Big Habits – My Five

On my journey to learning some of the neuroscience and behavior science research behind these things we call “habits”, I decided to put the theory to a test and see if I could turn what I considered to be a … Continue reading

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Big Data or Tiny Habits?

To repeat the oft-quoted words of Aristotle: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” I believe that wearable activity tracking devices can be powerful habit transformation tools and I’m frustrated to see … Continue reading

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Step To Give Results: Fun, Engaging, and Rewarding

The Step To Give experiment was fun, engaging, and for me personally it was surprisingly rewarding.  Big smile, very big. Nine of us paid $10 each and worked together as a team for 21 days to meet the team total step … Continue reading

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