health
guardians
america

A health tech nonprofit
innovating modern solutions
for nationwide healthcare issues

MISSION

 

to address
the most pressing
health issues in America
with sustainable, scalable,
and measurable
health solutions

PEOPLE

We are current and future physicians and surgeons, international olympians, and healthcare professionals.

MEDICAL HEALTHCARE ISSUE

Our current health campaign focuses on the nationwide
obesity epidemic as a clinical risk factor
for chronic illnesses and diseases such as
cerebrovascular, cardiovascular, and diabetes mellitus.

GROWING AT-RISK DEMOGRAPHIC

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The high obesity rate in the United States has become the most prominent domestic health issue of the 21st century. According to the National Institute of Health, more than two-thirds of U.S. adults are considered to be overweight or obese totaling 68.8% of the the adult population. The United States CDC reports show that more than one-third of U.S. adults are obese yield 34.9% or 78.6 million adults.

Health Guardians America is fully committed to addressing the obesity issue as it is clearly one of the most pressing, challenging and socially relevant issue of our generation.

LEADING CAUSES OF U.S. DEATHS

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Obesity-driven mortalities lead the nation’s top 10 leading causes of death: cardiovascular disease ranks first, followed closely by cerebrovascular disease and diabetes. The prevalence of diabetes is exponentially rising anually. The common denominator of these chronic diseases and illnesses is obesity as a medical risk factor caused by environmental, genetic, and behavioral factors.

Health Guardians America focuses on the behavioral aspect to incentivize, educate, and promote long-term healthy habits — reducing the probability of heart attacks, strokes, and diabetes over a lifetime.

 

SURGING HEALTHCARE COSTS

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The annual medical cost of obesity is estimated to be $147 billion dollars in 2008, growing at 10% per decade.  Obesity-related medical cost for a person is $1,429 greater than one with normal weight. The surging costs of available medical prevention and treatment have further increased. The need for actionable, innovative solutions with medical effectiveness is clear and overdue.

Health Guardians America is the health organization designed to deliver the best solution from the private sector offering effective, accessible solutions to addressing this rising health crisis.

United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP)

National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIH)

CL Ogden, MD Carroll, KM Flegal. Prevalence of Obesity in the United States Journal of American Medical Association. 2014;312(2):189.

Finkelstein, JG Trogdon, JW Cohen, W Dietz. Annual Medical Spending Attributable To Obesity: Payer-And Service-Specific Estimates. Health Affairs. 2009;28(no):w822-w831.

OUR SOLUTION

Project FitlifeFlow enables our health participants to be incentivized to stay healthy for long-term at the college demographic at the intersection of preventive medicine, health economics, and engineering.

COLLEGIATE OUTREACH
(ACTIVE)

HEALTH OUTREACH
(PILOT MODE)

Our novel approach focuses on using economic incentives to motivate healthy change at a mass population scale. We combine incentives within our preventive medicine platform to inspire individuals to lead physically active lifestyles. Additionally, we provide a network of educational resources to empower individuals to adopt healthy lifestyle choices into their daily routine. Our unique and progressive approach presents individuals the opportunity to enjoy the lifelong benefits of a physically active lifestyle, rid of obesity-related complications.

Currently, we offer our flagship health project, FitlifeFlow, to enable a system of rewards and incentives for consistent exercise with the design of our project sourced by the recommendations of the Center for Disease and Control (CDC) and U.S. Surgeon General. It is a personal health pledge to exercise three times per week, with a minimum of 30 minutes per session, for five weeks leading to rewards for our health participants.

Leading the burgeoning field of preventive medicine and digital health, the program design of our national health project is directed and influenced by scientific literature in medical literature. One notable medical study is a randomized, control trial (RCT) study indicating financial incentives framed with a loss component leads to increased physical activity levels and retention as led by physicians at University of Pennsylvania (Patel et al., 2016).

While the nonprofit manages the operations of the health project at the national level, our student members at each college is responsible for organizing the health project within the student community, engaging with the health participants, and hosting educational sessions for medical nutrition and proper personal health management.

For the academic year 2017-2018, we are focused on continuously developing a preventive medicine technology platform on mobile devices to pilot our first health outreach component by our nonprofit members for at-risk health participants at the student demographic based on traditional clinical risk factors such as weight, height, BMI, heart rate, blood pressure, and soon glucose monitoring at a population level.

Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26881417

We are proud to share our project results to date.

+70%

HEALTH PLEDGE FULFILLED

Over 70% of our participants who made a health commitment earned incentives from our health prevention program.

+10,000

TOTAL EXERCISE HOURS

We are proud to share that we have logged over 10,000 total hours through our health program as of summer sixteen since inception.

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HEALTH GUARDIAN MEMBERS

We are a collective group of college students unified by our core organization mission in preserving and protecting health.

Our Goals

1. Decrease the obesity risk among youth and young adults to preserve longevity and quality of life.
2. Influence the appropriate lifestyle change and develop healthy decision-making at an early age.
3. Educate participants on the importance of sustained health management and self-care.

Our mission is to tackle one of the most pressing health issues in America through the development of sustainable public health solutions using modern technologies, the deliverance of effective health education to general population, and the empowerment of student communities to produce positive change.

Affiliations

We are present in over 20 college campuses across the United States in running our national health project.