Text neck, slumped posture, chronic low back pain, stiff legs, achy hips - it’s not uncommon to see people not affected by these conditions, thanks to the modern gadgets, cell phone, tablet, or other wireless devices that we use frequently and for too long.

To make matters worse, most of you have the sedentary desk jobs! And if you have one, the job can be a pain in your neck.

The truth is that our bodies are designed to stand and move, not to sit for a third of our lives.



Most of us tend to ignore the potentially deadly impact it could inflict on us that includes hypertension, diabetes, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels.

Thankfully, there is a fix that can stop you from getting in a sedentary slump.

All you need is a simple get-up-and-move strategy and that works!

Once you take those little steps to eliminate the habits that are affecting your health, you will be baffled to see how it contributes you to become a healthy and productive person at work.

When you really break it down, it’s really not rocket science.

Yes, there are quite a lot you can do for staying healthy and even keeping fit while at a desk.

Our bodies can benefit from simply standing up!

Standing is one of the easiest and most consistent ways of cutting down time spent in the sedentary position. Think of it as a reset button on your body.


Standing desks are gaining popularity these days. Look for every opportunity where you can stand while at work; see if you can set up your work station so that you can stand and work instead of sitting all day long.

OR set a timer for every 20 minutes - and get up, move; you can rock back and forth and lean side to side. It’s about moving.

Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS)

Staring at a computer screen non-stop, you would normally associate this with a desk job. With so many of us using computers at work, eye strain has become pretty common job related complaint these days.

If you are someone who spend couple of hours or more a day on a computer, you may well have a condition called computer vision syndrome (CVS).

It can lead to physical fatigue, productivity loss, and increased instances of errors committed at work, and red eyes.


Try blinking, blinking moistens your eyes, it prevents dryness and irritation.

Try lowering or heightening your seat level according to the screen so that your screen is at your eye level and this can prevent neck discomfort as well.

Another exercise for you is to look far away at an object for 10-15 seconds.

Volunteer to take walking breaks & walking meetings!

Make an effort to get up and walk over to get a cup of tea/coffee or quick sip of water every now and then. These walking breaks reduces your sitting time and also might make you pee more.


Your next meeting, let it be outside instead of that same boring office space. Volunteer to walk your colleague. Walk through a park or simply down the street and going over the weekly progress with your coworker.

It’s a great way to freshen up your mind and keep up for focus all while getting your feet moving. Short bursts of exercise like this improve activity and concentration for up to two or three hours afterward.

Ground your mind & body with chair yoga!



Chair yoga is a fantastic get way option to relax from head to toe and it's something you can do right from your office chair.

With our hectic 21st century lifestyle, yoga can be an important health practice in combatting sickness and injuries common in modern workplace, and to develop a healthier, a more productive working environment.

Not only is yoga good for the body, but the mind too. You’ll feel ready to tackle the working day, stretched out, less stressed and more comfortable in no time.


Use these simple and powerful gestures at work to reduce your stress, increase concentration, minimize fatigue, and spark creativity.




Love is all over the place today, the air feels oxygenated. At Cooey we are always in search of making simpler and better user experience. Love with Alexa was love at first sight.

if you have Alexa install the skill here

This is how the integration works:


Smart phones changed the way world works, but have you ever wished that you could do away with your smartphone?

More specifically, have you ever wished that you could get all the possible assistance without having to use a smartphone or a mobile app?

Yes, the future of home automation is here!

Say what you will, and you get what you want! Sounds cool, right? Yes, you read that right. The future of home automation is here! Alexa ( check CES 2017!)


Last year has been an amazing year for Amazon Alexa. Alexa is a "virtual assistant.” In more precise terms, it is a voice-activated computing concept powered by cognitive intelligence and machine learning. You ask a question and you get an answer. OR you give a command and you get the results.

Your personal assistant with a difference!

Alexa enables many different skills. These skills are nothing but apps for specific needs. Each one teaches Alexa to do something new and Amazon calls it as “Alexa Skills.”

And “Cooey in Alexa” is a skill that helps you with healthcare needs. Your offline voice controlled personal assistant with a difference.

This is an ask-your-own-need skill. This skill can help you with recording your health vitals, setting & receiving reminders for the medicines you take, reach out to your doctor and receive advice from your doctor, get you status of your health and specific areas you need to improve upon, etc. - all you need to do is ask this cylindrical shaped, Alexa, your intelligent personal assistant.

Every person has a need and their queries do reflect that need. Cooey’s Alexa Skill lets you request your preferred type of query and that’s exactly the reason why bringing this skill to Alexa makes a lot of sense. If you make this a regular part of your daily routine, you are going to see some serious results.

Now, with your hands-free commands, you are able to manage your health, organize your personal health record without having to touch your mobile device, which is awesome. “Cooey in Alexa” controls your device with voice commands, that you find in your Cooey app!

So, how do I interact with Cooey in Alexa?

Just say “Alexa, launch Cooey” and you are all set to interact with Cooey in Alexa

For instance, you can ask questions like these


Each command gets fine-tuned, as it learns by itself, through machine learning. It doesn’t get tired of repetitive tasks. It possesses an infinite capacity for learning and memorising each AI-driven command.

How does it make your ageing parent’s life more comfortable?

Let’s talk about why you should consider making use of this technology.

An overwhelming percentage of young family members have difficulty caring for their loved ones. Cooey in Alexa is a wonderful tool for today’s family, especially where there is an ageing parent who needs constant monitoring & support who invariably gets lost out in the complexities involved in logistics of care.

Given a choice, the older adults would prefer to stay put in their homes rather than look at other options of staying away. It is where they feel most comfortable, safe, and happy. All they need is a solution that helps them to reach out to their caregivers & family members when in need.

And they want simplified answers to their problems. In today’s world, talking is cheap and easier way to communicate because there’s so much that can happen around it.


Say, your parent (Tim) talks to Cooey in Alexa “I’m feeling dizzy today” and you instantly receive a message in AnyCare Kin app saying “Tim is feeling dizzy, you may want to call and find out.”

Yes, Cooey in Alexa empowers your ageing parent to call you or his/her caregiver, send an alert, seek advice, receive reminders as the case may be. It’s a super easy way to connect with, and it’s one of the most cost-effective techniques too.

Conclusion

There is growing need to create an environment that is highly desirable to most senior citizens; an environment that makes their life simpler. Family members and caregivers will need a new gen tech solution to do the best job possible so that they stay informed, coordinated, and most importantly, connected.

The vision here is to transform senior care, in-home care and illness that catch up with ageing. AnyCare platform with Cooey in Alexa makes it easier and empowers the end user, be it a patient, a caregiver, or a family member, from a laptop or smartphone to execute the tasks at hand proficiently.




The word, metabolism, has a bad reputation and is probably the most poorly-understood aspect of our health. Though nutrition experts have some sugar coated words about it, many are still confused about what it means and what factors influences it.

So, what's the big deal?

Your body has this amazing capacity to repair, grow, heal, reproduce, and stay alive, and that's why it's a big deal!

Metabolism is what you get when you add up all the chemical reactions in your body. It is the rate at which the cells in your body produce energy. You need these biochemical processes to maintain life.

So, when it comes to weight loss, people tend to carry this common belief. Slim people are slim because they have a higher metabolism and overweight ones have slower metabolism, but that’s rarely the case. There’s a lot happening out there.


When you look inside of a cell, there are trillions of them in your body, you have both these processes taking place all the time. When you bring food molecules into our body, i.e., carbs, proteins, and lipids (fats) for digestion, you are immediately on a catabolic process, which means you are going to break the big molecules down into small pieces. During this process, energy is released for the cells to do its work. Also, the same energy is used for anabolic process, which is basically a building up process. So, the food molecules are broken down into smaller molecules for energy and the smaller molecules are stuck together during the rebuilding process (anabolism).

The breaking down process is called catabolism and the building up process is called anabolism and metabolism is the balance of these two processes.


The breaking down & building up!

Your body need energy for physical activity, right from the cellular level to whole body movements, and you receive energy through the process called catabolism.

The food you eat get digested when you eat something; your body breaks down the organic nutrients (carbohydrates, fats, proteins). The energy that gets released during this process is stored in ATP molecules (adenosine triphosphate) in the body and your body uses it whenever it needs it. ATP is considered to be "the energy currency of life."

In order to decrease your body fat percentage and to lose weight, you need to keep your body in a catabolic state. A catabolic state means that your body is breaking down tissue.

Whenever you workout, whether it's cardio or weightlifting, you're causing tiny tears in your muscle. Jogging, high intensity interval training workouts, cycling, swimming and other forms of aerobic workouts are great for decreasing the total fat mass. The longer and harder you workout, the more damage you'll cause to your muscle tissue.

Whereas during the process of anabolism, your body is building or repairing tissue. Simple molecules such as amino acids are built up into larger and more complex molecules.

You achieve the anabolic state through strength training and adequate nutrition. Your body won’t be able to build muscle tissue without the nutrients required while in the anabolic state, so it’s important for you to get enough protein and carbs before and after your workout. Also, after your workout, you need to get enough sleep and rest. When you rest, your body goes into damaged muscle tissue and begins repairing it. It's during rest, not exercise that you actually put on all of your size.

Factors that influence metabolism!

Metabolism can be influenced by many factors, such as male or female, warm or cold, young or old, warm blooded or cold blooded, among others


So, how does it affect your body weight?

Your body weight is a result of catabolism minus anabolism.

You gain weight because of energy imbalance. In simple terms, your body weight is a result of catabolism minus anabolism. In other words, the difference between the amount of energy you release into our bodies and the amount of energy your bodies use up.

The excess energy is stored either as fat or glycogen in the muscles and liver. Glycogen is the main storage form of glucose in the body.

One gram of fat produces 9 calories, compared with 4 calories from a gram of protein or carbohydrate.

You burn calories through the following means:

  • Using up energy required to keep your body functioning at rest; this is known as your basal metabolic rate (BMR).
  • Through your routine activities
  • When you work out or exercise

Generally, you become overweight a result of the body storing excess energy as fat, but sometimes it can be due to hormonal problems or an underlying medical condition as well.

So, if you are you overweight? It’s worthwhile to seek a medical evaluation.

Mostly, the reason why you’re being overweight is not because of a slow metabolism, it all depends on how much you eat and drink and how much you burn.

The more active you are, the more calories you burn.


As you age, several factors emerge which result in a lower calorie requirement. As you get older, you tend to gain fat and lose muscle. One of the reasons why your BMR decrease with age.

3 factors 

You should focus on three crucial factors associated with weight loss and maintenance of your ideal body weight. They are exercise, dietary intake (nutrition), and quality sleep!

"It’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years." Abraham Lincoln






We have always been told that the laughter is the best medicine, but there’s more to it than just raising your spirits for a couple of minutes. You go to a park, you see children running around, laughing away and living every moment of it. On the other hand, you see their parents stressed, tired, or rushed and that’s what you get from the busy, modern life.


In fact, laughter gives you many amazing beneficial effects. When you laugh, your brain releases endorphins. Endorphins are responsible for making you feel happy, they create the feelings of joy and euphoria, and they bring down your stress levels in the process.  So, never turn away from a person who helps you put a smile on your face. A good laugh reduces the level of cortisol, epinephrine (adrenaline) and dopamine, and increases the production of serotonin and endorphins which reduce effects of stress, and helps you stay relaxed. 

When you laugh, as many as 15 facial muscles gets their act together and provides you a full-blown workout which stimulates blood circulation. So, it won't be a bad idea to tune into some laughter shows or comedy podcasts every now and then to get yourself unwound. Quite a few studies are there to validate the pain relieving effects of laughter.  They say watching comedy shows assists both children and adults to tolerate pain more easily.



Laughter has been found to benefit people who suffer from heart disease. When you laugh, the blood flow in your body increases, circulation improves and your blood pressure rises. But when you are done with laughing, your blood pressure goes back to its baseline. This relaxing effect reduces the likelihood of heart disease. A 15-minute laughter session a day is as important for your heart as 30 minutes of exercise 3 times a week.

You can improve you immune system with a regular dose of laughter. Laughing does improve the body’s natural defence mechanism by increasing the amount of immunoglobulins and T cells in your body. This helps ward off infections, fighting diseases  like common cold, or even cancer.

Who doesn't want the company of a funny guy? If you have a good sense of humor, chances are you become more productive & creative at work, a better communicator and team player, and you make loads of friends where ever you go. Often there is a clearcut relation between laughter and the release of the empathy hormone, oxytocin. It helps bond individuals and groups together. A little laughter is great for building great teams, be they in a community or at work.

Having a good laughing session just before sleep is like getting an aerobic workout, it energises you in that short period of time and helps you to get a deep, restful sleep. 



There you go, laughing not only lifts your spirits but also the spirit of those around us. It is the shortest possible distance between two people. Get surrounded by happier bunch of people, because they lift the spirit of those who are around. A smile or laugh shared is a smile or laugh doubled.

"To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain, and play with it!" 






It’s an honor to care for aging parents!

No one really wants to grow old as old age presents you with numerous miserable conditions; invariably it brings you loneliness and a feeling of not being worthy anymore.

Emma’s mom, Mrs. Deborah Smith, has been living with diabetes for the best part of 15 years now. Emma is a working professional and she travels a lot.  She barely gets to meet her mom these days due to her busy work schedule, but she somehow stays in touch with her and struggles to keep tabs on her mom’s health condition. She turned to an in-home care facility for assistance who provide caregivers for people like Deborah. 


Now, Kathy Coleman, Deborah’s caregiver visits Deborah at least 3 times a week as she needs constant assistance with her medical care. Unfortunately, Kathy is having to move around quite a lot as she needs to take care of other residents who are scattered in different locales. And she often misses her scheduled appointments with the residents; as a result, the quality of care suffers.

Older adult care will continue to be a challenge!


The adoption of technology in healthcare system has been found lacking in the area where Kathy works.
According to the AmericanHospital Association, as many as 10,000 baby boomers approach their retirement age each passing day and 30 million boomers will be managing more than one chronic health condition by 2030. The older adult care will continue to be a challenge in the years to come. Lack of adequate means to stay connected with their caregiver in her area might make residents like Deborah suffer from the inevitable complications of the diseases they suffer from; 80% of the patients have poorly controlled blood glucose levels and 30-50% diabetics have uncontrolled blood pressure and cholesterol.

Chronic diseases such as diabetes & hypertension are mostly preventable but can be deadly when left uncontrolled. The trigger - bad diet and lack of physical activity. The consequence - high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney disease, amputation of limbs, blindness to name a few.

A holistic elderly care platform

Like many caregivers, Kathy too was concerned about the state of facilities available to her. She knew technology could help her out with the situation she is in. She learned about an online platform that connects individuals who need home care assistance with workers who provide it. She explained the benefits of this solution to her authorities at the in-home care facility where she works who eventually decided to give it a try.

Kathy needs to be empowered to make informed choices with information that is easily available, accessible, and actionable. In other words, a holistic solution with a smart design that brings together residents, caregivers, and the family member irrespective of the location they are in. A virtual space - where health parameters are logged/monitored/shared, consultation happens over the phone/video chat - allowing all the stakeholders (the resident – Deborah, the family member - Emma, and the caregiver - Kathy) to log, view, and manage their medical condition by tracking key parameters of health. The collected data can further get sliced, analyzed, and presented to the user as actionable steps that ultimately results in improved care prevention, overall wellness, and cost effectiveness.

Leveraging Internet of Things (IoT)

Today, you have more and more “digital natives” like Emma coming into the “sandwich generation,” where they are responsible for caring for both their children and their parents while they also try to balance the demands of their careers. All the more reason for them to look for solutions that offer convenience. 
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Now, Emma goes to attend her work assignments peacefully as she gets to see the updates on her mom’s health on her smartphone whenever she wants. Her mom, though confined to a wheelchair, doesn’t have to struggle to reach out to her daughter or her caregiver, she is able to do that with just a push of button on her IoT device. They communicate with each other through an app loaded on their smartphone. That’s what the Internet of Things (IoT) can do and it continues to make its smart presence in the world of consumer-facing applications.
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Voice control, the way to go?

Voice interfaces allow its users to ask questions and receive answers through a natural dialogue. Maya, the voice control assistant in the AnyCare, simplifies routine health monitoring tasks with simple voice commands. It simplifies data flow, communication, device management, and the functionality of applications. It connects with machines, devices, applications, and people and enables fluid navigation and smooth transfer of information from one entity to another. Thus, Maya reiterates the fact that the utility of a voice assistant is only going to get better and better and set to solve many a puzzle in the future of healthcare ecosystem.

The bottom line

The degree of responsiveness, coordination and outreach can directly impact patient satisfaction and medical adherence, and you need engaging healthcare ecosystem to make that happen.

AnyCare from Cooey has demonstrated how one can leverage the best practices and enable better patient engagement, more effective communication and care coordination among the patient community and caregivers. Already, the results are there to see and it’s truly heartening to those whose lives have been enriched by this behavioral change.


If technology enables significant transformations in how a business is operated or its services are delivered with a small behavioral adjustment, the benefits to its environment can be very large. 

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”- 
Dr. Wayne Dyer













Go green with your tea

Green tea has been in the spotlight for its number of health benefits. From a weight loss aid to prevention and treatment of cancer, this great beverage has evolved into a medicinal drink that caters to a myriad of illnesses that includes heart problems, cardiovascular diseases, high cholesterol levels, rheumatoid arthritis, infection, tooth decay, and many others. Green tea contains an antioxidant called epigallocatechin-3 gallate (EGCG) which is found to be useful in treating a variety of diseases.


So, what seperates green tea from the normal black tea?

Black tea is obtained by fermenting the tea leaves. The fermentation raises the level of caffeine and tannin in it and also changes its color and flavor in the process. Whereas, for Green Tea, the tea leaves are dried or slightly steamed but not fermented. This is what makes it look green when it’s brewed.

BURN CALORIES


IMPROVE BRAIN FUNCTION

Green tea contains less caffeine than coffee, but enough to produce an effect. It also contains the amino acid, L-theanine which can work synergistically with caffeine to improve brain function.


GOOD FOR YOUR DENTAL HEALTH

The catechins in green tea may inhibit the growth of bacteria, this can lower the risk of infections and lead to improvements in dental health, a lower risk of caries and reduced bad breath.


ALZHEIMER’S & PARKINSON’S

Green tea is said to delay the deterioration caused by Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Studies carried out on mice showed that green tea protected brain cells from dying and restored damaged brain cells.


MANAGE DIABETES & CHOLESTEROL

Green tea apparently helps regulate glucose levels slowing the rise of blood sugar after eating. This can prevent high insulin spikes resulting in fat storage.

Green tea reduces bad cholesterol in the blood and improves the ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol


In a study of 40,530 Japanese adults, those who drank the most green tea (5 or 6 cups per day) were significantly less likely to die during an 11 year period.

ANTIOXIDANTS IN GREEN TEA & CANCER

Men who drank more than 1.5 cups of green tea per day had a 70% lower colon cancer risk.

A meta analysis of observational studies found that women who drank the most green tea had a 22% lower risk of developing breast cancer.

One study found that men drinking green tea had a 48% lower risk of developing prostate cancer.


REDUCES YOUR DEATH RISK

Lowering your death risk may be as easy as drinking green tea. Studies suggest green tea may lower LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, which could bring down your risk of death associated with heart disease and stroke.





Your Voice Control

For large part of our existence, we used body movements, hand gestures, facial expressions, and changes in our voice to communicate with each other, but as we moved on writing or text became part of our communication. Soon technology made things simpler for us, we found great utility in computers & smartphones. Then, keyboard, mouse, touchscreen all became an integral part in our day to day life.

Human interaction with machines has been the history of technology. For long, we watched the characters in Hollywood movies visualizing possibilities where humans talk to machines just as you speak with your family and friends. Lo and behold, that turned out to be a reality with the arrival of Apple’s Siri, Google assistant, and Amazon’s Alexa. With the number of installed internet of things (IoT) device units set to go past 26 billion by 2020, machine-to-machine interaction too is going to be dominated by voice.


And that’s what Maya brings to the table! Your voice-controlled personal assistant with a difference. Maya simplifies routine health monitoring tasks with simple voice commands. Voice interfaces allow its users to ask questions and receive answers through a natural dialogue.

Her functions are available to use with any device, at any time, to interact with any application. For example, you measure your blood pressure or blood sugar, all you need to do with Maya is to tell her “my blood pressure is …. or my blood sugar is …., etc.” and she does the rest, meaning by she records your health vital in the logbook of your smart phone application with the timestamp. OR if you have a device that speaks up your vitals, Maya can be configured to take that request as well.


Ninety percentage of human communication still happens through voice since it’s natural. At a normal speaking pace, an average person speaks approximately 145 words per minute. With highly optimised algorithms, Maya makes it possible for you to use voice control on your device, and obviously, it is something you could accomplish faster than how you would have done it manually. With machine learning and cognitive systems as the driving force behind this technology, it’s impact in future applications can be colossal in the days to come.

Being chronically ill can be embarrassing! Day in and day out, we do see our near and dear ones go through the painful process of logging their health vitals. It can add to the worries if you are someone who stays away from them and you realize they have done so much to take care of you and support you.


With Maya around, probably, there is much more you can accomplish to support them and help them enjoy a good quality of life. Maya empowers you with full device control in addition to using the functions in your installed applications. You need not launch a separate application to execute your voice commands. Maya wakes up to help you as you see fit, no matter where you are, what you do… and she gets the job done for you with simple voice commands.

The ability to get you answers for your routine day to day requests, especially as an elderly patient without using the traditional input methods, have made patient monitoring far too simpler and become effective means to foster strong patient-physician relationship

As these skills catch up, your voice is going to be the universal interface of your home and could well be a positive trigger for a healthier behavioural change!

For any queries on Maya-based application, please do write to needsupport@cooey.co.in