Gone are the days of manually tracking every minute of exercise.
Charge 2 by Fitbit has new features to continuously and automatically detect when you’re active and display statistics for you to monitor your own health, hassle-free.
The 24-hour monitoring also allows the tracker to recognise when you’ve been sedentary for too long: Charge 2 sends you Reminders to Move and urges you to take 250 steps every hour, which is equivalent to a few minutes of walking.
This helps you fight the sitting disease, a condition that affects 95% of office workers in Singapore and is the breeding ground for cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes and other health problems.
Additionally, Charge 2 is smart enough to buzz you only when you’re inactive so your day isn’t disrupted by unnecessary notifications.
Its ability to immediately switch off these notifications when you’re asleep is aligned with yet another automatic and continuous monitoring feature to support you in getting more restful nights.
With Sleep Stages and Sleep Insights, you can gain more awareness on the quality of your rest at the touch of an App.
This could be useful in helping you detect insomnia, irregular sleep patterns and other sleep problems so you can decide if you want to seek proper medical care.
The benefits of an ever-vigilant monitoring system further extend into the realm of mental health.
Charge 2 uses your heart rate data to calibrate your breathing rate for its guided breathing feature, Relax, before tweaking the session to fit you.
You can thus effectively reduce your blood pressure, stress and anxiety in a way that is customised to your body’s natural breathing patterns.
Charge 2 gives you greater freedom over when and how to take charge of your health with its highly personalised features. Only a device that knows you, your lifestyle and your habits can adapt to what you need, as opposed to having a one-size-fits-all approach.
But Charge 2 can only be your health companion.
It cannot exercise for you, nor force you to work out.
If you’re ready to commit to a healthier mind and body, Charge 2 will make it easier by giving you customised tools to keep track of your health.
The question is: are you ready?
A version of this article was published on e27.co. Woohoo!
There’s something about you that inspires me.
Your vision to change the way people live.
Your desire to make things faster.
All for a bunch of strangers who will probably never utter a word of thanks.
Meanwhile, the people who know you raise eyebrows at your ideas.
They’re boasting a stable, 4-figure monthly income or more as you try to convince them that this is what you want to do for the rest of your life when you don’t even know when your first (or next) dollar will be.
Who in their right mind would choose to be an entrepreneur?
Here's an infographic with the same purpose of (gently) coaxing readers into being aware of their risks for type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) as before.
Click the image below to enlarge!
At only 315 words, it's an example of a short and snappy blog post that would grab the attention of your readers right off the bat.
Granted, there's less space to go in-depth into a topic, so it's best to use infographics when you have a small, simple and clear message to deliver.
Click the 'Read More' button to view the infographic in full size.
"You want her to jump off a building before you'll take her seriously?"
- Janice, from a monologue I wrote called Room For Depression.
(Screengrab at 0:46 from Method Productions via YouTube.)
I've had the privilege of performing an original monologue Room For Depression during The Singapore Monologue Slam 2017 which placed me among the Top 16 Thespians, out of some 80 participants.
The first "solo" competition I've ever participated in. As in, the non-Choir SYF kind.
(Video from Method Productions via YouTube.)
Considering that I'd never had any formal training in the theatre - not even in a secondary school speech and drama club - winning the award shows how fast I can learn things that are unfamiliar to me.
Grasping science concepts that I haven't come across during my Life Sciences undergraduate years will definitely be much easier to do with online research tools, as compared to writing creatively about a topic as delicate as depression.
And putting it out there for the world to judge.
As part of a competition.
Amidst seasoned actors/playwrights.
Without passing out.
You can find my script below. And if you're looking to produce a short film or video, feel free to reach out. I'd be happy to write and/or act for you!
After an interview with A/P Kevin Tan S. W. from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology in the National University of Singapore (NUS), I produced this mock newspaper article on an intestinal parasite, Blastocystis.
Click on the images below to download a PDF version, or read the transcript at the bottom of this post!
This article is an example of a more formal tone I can adopt for your blog.
But if you prefer a conversational style of blog writing, find my sample here.
After 51 years of relative peace, Singapore is at war. This time it's with diabetes .
A taskforce has been unleashing a salvo of initiatives since 2016 . Fellow citizens young and old have convened and plotted ways to fight this abomination . A Guardian of Health, adroit as she is in Chinese martial arts, has sliced thousands of bak kwa from greedy hands with sugar defeating darts.
Enter you. You’re indifferent to this strife, idly munching on the figurative and/or literal popcorn as you watch the drama unfold.
Chances are, you belong to one of two categories:
Category 1: The Courageous Prediabetic
Your doctor has diagnosed you with prediabetes: