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Doctors in the United States are starting to prescribe a powerful remedy more often, and it has the potential to change the health of our nation. If you fill this prescription, you will likely be able to spend more time enjoying a walk under a beautiful blue sky, serenaded by birds, and less time agitated sitting under a white sky of ceiling tiles and fluorescent lights while awaiting yet another blood draw, doctor’s visit, or x-ray.

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We crunched Senior-oriented data, and created a visual representation that challenges a few of the stereotypes associated with them.

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Coming from the Quantified Self movement, I’ve been attracted to products that enable me to quantify my vital signs. “You can only manage what you can measure” is a saying that really works for me and has helped me move from a sedentary, overweight, chronically unfit person who – 7 years later – has finished 10 marathons and 50+ half marathons. Withings was there already in a very early stage – I bought the first Withings scale back in November 2009 – and from there, the company has evolved, in my view, into one of the leading solutions in the market.

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Let’s go through a few Zzz-oriented facts and numbers to celebrate the World Sleep Day and to acknowledge the importance of sleep as a primary aspect of your health. After all, we are talking about an activity that we all engage in, on a daily basis (nightly?)! Not to mention that sleeping roughly takes one third of our lives. A good reason to lean over your sleep’s cradle.

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We love IFTTT! This “Internet of things”-oriented web service offers numerous ”Recipes” that let you set up causality links between a given “Trigger” and an “Action”. For example, if you pick the right recipe, stepping on your Withings scale can turn on your coffee machine! There are already many “Withings x IFTTT” recipes available, but IFTTT just released 4 new triggers based around the Withings Pulse. Let’s check them out and try to imagine cool new recipes.

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Following the survey we recently sent to our “salt and pepper hair” users, we contacted one of the Withingers who agreed to share their experience with us… François is an active and connected 75 year old grand father living in the North East of France. Far from being intimidated by technology, he uses several Withings products on a daily basis to monitor his health. Here is his testimonial.

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