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Customized Patient Care in the Hospital Medical Setting - Silhouettes

Updated on March 21, 2016

We have made advancements in technology and have an application for our mobile device for everything possible, yet the medical community has not yet caught up with technology and put it to use for the health of our patient care.

Imagine a patient having a customized report complete with their BMI and their actual posture with a comparison of the standards of excellence, acceptable, average and poor.

Imagine a report card that shows visually the harm the patient is doing to their body by a silhouette, an actual silhouette of their body in comparison to the standards that we need to set.

This technology is available at our fingertips yet we are not employing this - take a look and see if this would be motivating to patients. I believe this would simplify the needs of the patient and empower the patient to take action.

Fitness is Medicine - Changing the Paradigm is Needed Now

Fitness IS Medicine
Fitness IS Medicine | Source

Flash Cards for BMI and Posture - Customized

Remember learning the alphabet when you were a child? Have you ever attempted to learn a new language? What is the best method often deployed for learning? Flash cards. We love a visual example. We love color, shape and form.

Let's craft a silhouette, essentially a BMI flash card for the patient but let's take it one step further and not just hand them the goals but hand them an actual silhouette of their body.

Then let's take that same idea and repeat it for their posture.

Imagine seeing first hand what the world sees of you and the health that you are presenting.

For the goal here is very simple not to just care for patients but to train and empower patients so that they can better understand their human body and how to take care of it.

Imagine a report card that shows visually the harm the patient is doing to their body by a silhouette, an actual silhouette of their body in comparison to the standards that we need to set.

Regimens Make Sense with Flash Cards

Regimens are a prescribed course of medical treatment, way of life, or diet for the promotion or restoration of health.

Learn Faster with Flash Cards

We learn faster with flash cards.

Many of us are visual learners and the flash card allows us to digest memorization quicker.

Yet, most of health and fitness is a realization that is very hard for us to digest. If we can internalize the items and see precisely what it means for us we can readily fight obesity and actively engage preventative health care regimens.

Healthcare regimens must include fitness. Every prescription for a drug needs a fitness prescription.

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Physically Fit Senior

Yes, our goal is for all of us, even in our senior years to have bulging biceps and six pack abs. While many of us may never achieve the beauty of the male physique shown to the right, all of us can better our health by understanding our BMI (body mass index) and understand what proper posture is and how poor posture harms us.

Does a Body Good - How?

Healthcare regimens must include fitness. Every prescription for a drug needs a fitness prescription.

Addressing Three Fitness Problems in the Medical Industry

Transferring the responsibility of fitness to the medical industry is needed in the methodology that hospitals and medical physical hand out care. Addressing the fundamental needs that are health related to the holistic health of the person is needed in the following three areas:

  • #1 Specific Silhouette NOT Just BMI - Show the Outline of Healthy Verses The Real You - Fight Obesity
  • #2 Proper Posture and Fighting the Forward Head
  • #3 Encourage Cardiovascular Excellence - Resting Heart Rate

BMI in Visual Silhouettes

BMI in Visual Silhouettes
BMI in Visual Silhouettes | Source

Advantages to the Specific Silhouette Verses Simple Height and Weight and BMI

A visual of your actual body in comparison to a silhouette of not the barbie doll figure, not a person who is built with a small bone structure, but in comparison to a healthy body of your own height and body type is needed for the comparison.

For example, Ivanka Trump is 6 inches taller than me - my silhouette and her silhouette should never be compared. Comparing me with a body type with the same bone structure which is healthy is needed. What should or could I look like IF I were healthy? I don't wish to the Ivanka (sorry the truth must be told), I don't need to be Barbie but I do need to know what my specific body really looks like in comparison to a health silhouette of my height and body type.

Body Mass Index - Rough Gauge - Reason for the Specific Silhouette

The BMI or Body Mass Index has been attacked and yet another more responsible method other than plain height and weight have not yet been established. Sadly, we have no scientific method to determine muscle tone - as yet. Height and weight do not offer a complete picture either and for all the limitations of BMI, if we were to establish a BMI visual guide for each individual person based upon their specific body type and height and weight complete with a side by side comparison, we might achieve the acknowledgement from the individual.

All too often we think we are a little bit over weight and then the days go by and the weight increases. We need a silhouette visual to hand to the individual to see the pounds they have gained.

How does the BMI work? Essentially, a body mass index below 18.5 means that you may be underweight. On the opposite spectrum, having a body mass index above 25.0 results in the liklihood of being overweight. Being overweight we know scientifically means we could have a greater risk of developing heart disease and diabetes.

So what is ideal? A body mass index between 18.5 and 24.9.

For athletes and those in great physical shape this BMI doesn't tell the full picture. That is why the silhouette of the outline of the BMI is proposed - what does your shadow look like in comparison to the average for your specific height?



For athletes and those in great physical shape this BMI doesn't tell the full picture. That is why the silhouette of the outline of the BMI is proposed - what does your shadow look like in comparison to the average for your specific height?

Do you know what your posture looks like?

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Forward Head is An Illness Among the Old and the Young

We sit in front of our personal computer, lap top and now our smart devices and we bend over and then we stand up and lo and behold we forget to take our head with us. We need to remember the weight of our head when forward is detrimental to the health of human body.

Don't understand this? It is difficult to explain but a photo, a silhouette can forever change that. Take a look below and see if your light bulb of understanding isn't ignited.

Good Posture Verses Poor Posture

Good Posture Verses Poor Posture in shadow silhouette and also in a real photo comparison for both men and women
Good Posture Verses Poor Posture in shadow silhouette and also in a real photo comparison for both men and women | Source

BMI

Diagnose Obesity with BMI

Diagnosing obesity with BMI is not effective. As this funny video showcases BMI doesn't motivate us - yet it could.

Being overweight needs to be defined to the individual in specific visual terms.

Consider adding a silhouette of what the patient looks like verses what a healthy weight might look like.

Improve Your Health and Your Looks with Good Posture

Imagine - Seeing Your Own Posture In Comparison to Good Posture

For my fitness clients, it is almost impossible for them to truly understand good posture verses their posture.

Imagine a silhouette of their specific body's posture and placing it alongside a similar build body type with good posture.

Allow the client to take the customized posture home and provide them with the daily posture exercises to change their posture and improve their health.

Forward Head Posture and Health Issues

Weight of the Human Head

weight of the human head and how poor posture affects us
weight of the human head and how poor posture affects us | Source

New Paradigm of Health - A Visual View

Let's present health in a manner that is essentially a flash card reference for the individual. Let's simplify all the science and research, let's keep the numbers but present the numbers in a human fashion - a visual view of what health really looks like.

End goal - a comparison of the real shadow of you next to the "healthy you" you have the capacity to "be" and achieve.

Achieve the Health You Through

  • Cardio - low resting heart rate
  • Proper Nutrition and Portion Sizes - know your specific silhoutte
  • Proper posture - understand and know the dangers of forward head illness

Three Simple Solutions - Intertwine Fitness with Medicine Visually

If we change the paradigm of medical and make it holistic and provide a road map to the individual that is a visual guide, we can achieve greatness.

Let's take the numbers and marry the science with a visual view of what a specific healthy person, the real person inside of you could look like with proper care.

The numbers are the foundation but do not present the whole picture - literally! Let's present health in a manner that is essentially a flash card reference for the individual. Let's simplify all the science and research, let's keep the numbers but present the numbers in a human fashion - a visual view of what health really looks like.

Hospital Patients Need Visual Guides

We must start promoting posture, taking the stairs, active lifestyles and actively managing our weight. The best place to start is in the hospital setting.

The easiest way to start is with posters but we have the technology to provide an individual poster for each patient and showcase to them how their posture is affecting them.

Proposed Visual Guides Hospitals Should Provide to All Patients

Purpose
Visual Comparison
Statistics and Standards Available
Medical Need Established
Showcase Proper Posture
Their Posture Compared to Proper Posture
Yes
Yes
Showcase BMI
Their BMI Silohuette Compared to Healthy BMI
Yes
Dangers of Obesity Established
Showcase Cardio
Their Resting Heart Rate Compared to Average and Elite
Yes
Importance of Cardio Established
As of 12/31/2013 these simple visual guides are not provided to patients in the hospital setting. While research has established the relationship of proper posture, a healthy weight and the importance of a health resting heart rate, these are not sta

Current Medical Guides Provided to Patients

Medical Test
Purpose
HDL Cholesterol
Heart Disease - Good Cholesterol
LDL Cholesterol
Heart Disease
Blood Pressure
Cardio/Heart Disease
Triglycerides
Heart Disease
Height and Weight
Obesity Diabetes
Temperature
Infection
Blood Count White Cells
Infection

Fitness is Medicine - Changing the Medical Paradigm

The visual guides of BMI, proper posture, and the comparison of the average resting heart rate are items often more closely associated with athletics and fitness rather than medical - at least up to this point in our history.

New research has shown the division we have established between fitness and medical is a gulf that is man-made. In reality, fitness is closely aligned with our physical health. Changing the paradigm of our medical industry is critical to taking a holistic view of the health of our populace. We are more than just our BMI, we know that posture can literally weight us down and impede our activity level and movements.

As we age, we need to maintain independence. If we allow ourselves to become disabled, if we don't take charge of our health, we become dependent upon facilities for care. The retirement homes, the rehabilitation centers are one of the most financially draining institutions within our economy. Families faced with these expensive care dilemmas are often thrown into the conundrum of our human services systems which are already overburdened. For the future health of our government, our community and our families, we must establish a call to action to provide a new view of health - one that includes fundamental fitness criteria.

Share Your Thoughts

Should the proposed fitness guides be the responsibility of the medical industry?

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Call To Action - Intertwine Fitness with Medical

#1 Specific Silhouette Comparison to Combat Obesity

#2 Specific Silhouette of Posture to Combat Forward Head Illness

#3 Graphical Display of the Resting Heart Rate in Comparison to the Local and National Populace

© 2013 Kelly A Burnett

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