Better Choices, Better Health® BCBH Participant Research

By Katy Plant & Corina Paraschiv   More than three decades ago, the original Better Choices, Better Health®(BCBH) research team identified the important skills to develop for those self-managing chronic conditions. While these skills are consistent, the motivation for achieving healthy living goals, however, may vary greatly from one individual to another. So to better […]

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Interview with Canary Coaches Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) Participant JV

This past month, I caught up with JV who has been a participant in our digital DPP program for nearly 1 year. I love hearing the stories and feedback of participants at all different points in their journey, and in this case it was great to hear the story of a longtime participant. JV has […]

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Interview with Canary Coaches Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) Participant JR

By Neal Kaufman   One of the real pleasures I take in my role at Canary Coaches is the opportunity to speak with participants. This past week, JR, a 35-year old happily married mother of three granted me her time and told me a part of her story. I so appreciate her willingness to share. […]

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Diabetes Digital App Technology: Benefits, Challenges, and Recommendations. A Consensus Report by the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Diabetes Technology Working Group

G. Alexander Fleming, John R. Petrie, Richard M. Bergenstal, Reinhard W. Holl, Anne L. Peters, Lutz Heinemann. Diabetes Care 2020 Jan; 43(1): 250-260.   Commentary by Neal Kaufman   As the availability of digital therapeutics increase at an extraordinary rapid rate it becomes critical that these approaches are able to demonstrate safety and efficacy. This […]

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VA Expands its Caregiver Support Services

This Fall, VA Caregiver Support Services will be expanding their program of comprehensive assistance for family caregivers. Over the last 6 years, our Building Better Caregivers® (BBC) program has been available to all Caregivers who are caring for a Veteran from any era. To date over 9,000 Caregivers have enrolled in Building Better Caregivers. The […]

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What Does the former CPO of Pear Think About the PDT Business Model?

By Jeremy Gilbert Protected: Prescription Digital Therapeutics – Is there a reason to believe? On a weekly basis people call me and ask me what I think about PDTs, otherwise known as “prescription digital therapeutics”. I used to be the CTO/CPO of Pear Therapeutics, which arguably pioneered the entire PDT business model. While at Pear, I […]

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Food for Thought: Resilience Is the Courage to Grow from Stress

By Wendy Wood   Resilience is the courage to grow from stress. But, how do we become more proficient at becoming more resilient?   Here are some ideas: Resilience is: the building of our inner resources, and, the identification of reliable external resources. Resilience is: self-confidence that supports fear-management. Resilience is: the ability to stabilize […]

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Canary Coaches Redoubles Efforts To Remove Implicit Bias

By Canary Coaches Team   Canary Coaches are healthcare professionals who provide support to individuals who want to lower their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by losing weight and becoming more active. With the heightened recognition of structural racism, we are increasingly aware how our biases influence our thoughts, words, and actions. We have […]

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Understanding Why Participants Sign-up For BCBH

By Katy Plant   As we’ve discussed in the past, we’re committed to ensuring as great a user experience as we can for our program participants.  This means not only a rigorous process of user testing prior to launching new features, but a continuous process of reviewing feedback.  Recently, we reviewed the self-reported reasons participants […]

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Digital Therapeutics in Pediatric Behavioral Health — A unique opportunity to improve the standard of care and lifelong outcomes

 By Brent Vaughan, CEO and Co-Founder, Cognoa   We are experiencing a mental health crisis:one person in every four in the world will develop one or more behavioral conditions during their lifetime. Today in the U.S., one in five children have a diagnosable behavioral health disorder and only 21% of those children receive needed treatment. […]

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Peer-to-Peer Support Helps People Improve Their Chronic Condition Therapy Outcomes

The success of many therapies for chronic diseases depends in large part on the ability of patients to follow often-complicated self-care regimens. Patients face many challenges when attempting to implement these recommendations such as multiple co-morbidities, physical limitations, lack of resources, poor social support, lack of confidence or skills, and insufficient knowledge.  It is not […]

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Peer Support Programs: A Missing Piece and Perfect Complement to Population Health Strategies

Interview of Dr. Marcus Thygeson, M.D., M.P.H. by Adam Kaufman   As defined on Wikipedia: Peer support occurs when people provide knowledge, experience, emotional, social or practical help to each other. It commonly refers to an initiative consisting of trained supporters… and can take a number of forms such as peer mentoring, reflective listening (reflecting […]

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Universality of Self-Efficacy

Increasing self-efficacy – one’s capacity to identify actions that improve one’s life and the confidence to accomplish those actions – has been shown to:1 Accelerate health behavior change (e.g. healthy eating, medication adherence) Reduce depression, anxiety, and stress-related disorders Diminish social isolation Improve system navigation and health program uptake   Importantly, the impact of self-efficacy […]

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Mastery Experiences Drive Self-Efficacy

Self-efficacy, or confidence as it is commonly known, is the optimistic self-belief in one’s competence or chances of successfully accomplishing a task and producing a favorable outcome. Self-efficacy is certainly worth having because as Henry Ford famously put it, “Whether you believe you can or you cannot, you are right.” Gandhi perfectly understood the central […]

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Story Snippets: Suzanne Continues her Passion for Supporting as a Better Choices, Better Health® Mentor

It’s the afternoon in Los Angeles and already the evening in Baltimore on Thursday, June 6th when I connect with Suzanne for our Slack call.   “It is 2009, and I am working full time for the Baltimore County Department of Aging and I have a part-time job in addition.  Being so busy I didn’t […]

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Age + Action Conference Summary

Neal had the opportunity to participate in the National Council on Aging’s Age + Action conference this June.  Age+Action is the premiere national conference focused on ensuring every person’s right to age with their best possible health and economic security. The event brought together 900+ professionals from across the country who are dedicated to making aging […]

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DC Health Provides BCBH Without Cost to District Residents

Sharing another partnership this month — Washington, DC Department of Health. Please help us spread the word.   DC Health is covering the costs for our Better Choices, Better Health®(BCBH) program for hundreds of district residents.  They are making the program available without cost to a limited number of Washington, DC residents. Interested participants can […]

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