Vida en equilibrio:Aplicación móvil para el bienestar/Life in Balance: A Mobile Wellness Application

submission by PolarTechEd
Vida en equilibrio:Aplicación móvil para el bienestar/Life in Balance: A Mobile Wellness Application

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Polar Tech Ed and Consulting LLC/Patrick Leon

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In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.


We design and develop mobile health solutions to provide underserved populations better health outcomes.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.


To design and implement a mobile chronic disease prevention experience. This app will present original, evidence-based content, and will also include live interaction with health educators and other participants throughout the duration of the experience. The experience will be available in English and also in Spanish.

Where will you be working? Please be specific (e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County).

Central LA

East LA

San Gabriel Valley

San Fernando Valley

South LA


South Bay

Antelope Valley

County of Los Angeles (countywide)

City of Los Angeles (citywide)


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How do you plan to use these resources to make change? (check all that apply)

Conduct research

Engage residents and stakeholders

Implement a pilot or new project

Expand a pilot or program

Mobilize for systems change

Advocate with policymakers and leaders

Implement and track policy

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How will your proposal improve the following “Live” metrics? (check all that apply)

Access to healthy food

Healthcare access

Exposure to air toxins

Number of households below the self-sufficiency index

Percent of imported water

Obesity rates

Housing affordability

Rates of homelessness

Walk/bike/transit score

Acres and miles of polluted waterways

Rates of mental illness

Prevalence of adverse childhood experiences (Dream Metric)

Percentage of LA communities that are resilient (Dream Metric)

Percentage of residents receiving coordinated healthcare services (Dream Metric)

Percentage of tree canopy cover (Dream Metric)

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the healthiest place to live.


Obesity has become a major public health concern in the United States, and Type-II diabetes is on the rise.  It’s a sad fact that nearly 1 in 10 Los Angeles County residents have diabetes, and the total direct cost of treating diabetes is more than $6 billion a year.  Diabetes is a leading cause of heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease and nerve disease. Preventing diabetes requires lifestyle modifications to change the most basic habits-how we eat and how active we are in our free time.  Despite efforts of clinicians to educate patients with prediabetes, lifestyle interventions are intensive and community-based, rather than clinical.  Our program is evidence-based, and will create a virtual community to overcome “obesogenic” factors that have become the norm in our communities.  It’s time to translate the scientific evidence into a wellness movement.  Our program will harness smartphone technology to successfully implement a large-scale intensive lifestyle intervention.  This intervention translates a proven, community-based structured lifestyle program into an innovative, mobile format.  We intend to recruit participants through community health clinics and screenings across the county.  We would, however, like to target our efforts at regions of the county particularly impacted by type-II diabetes.  This mHealth intervention is titled “Life in Balance: A Mobile Application for Wellness”; in Spanish, this translates into “Vida en Equilibrio: Una Aplicación Móvil Para el Bienestar”.

This program will inform, educate and empower participants through a convenient smartphone app.

The program is based on the CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program curriculum, and it will be tailored to adults living in Los Angeles. In order to maximize the potential of our mobile program, the intervention will be available in two formats: English and Spanish.  This will enable us to reach a wider audience of adults who may benefit from the program. Los Angeles residents who complete this mobile intervention will experience a 12-month intensive lifestyle intervention.  The main objectives are modest weight loss of 5-7% and increased physical activity.  The app will include many features that connect participants to the world around them.  Each participant will receive a Bluetooth scale that will link directly to the app to record weekly weight, and a smartphone pedometer will assist in recording physical activity.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.


The primary evaluation will be conducted with the pilot program prediabetes participants.  They will take a survey prior to program commencement to test their knowledge of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.  This survey will be redone at the end of the one-year period again to see if there are any improvements in their knowledge.

A lifestyle survey developed by the Minneapolis American Indian Center (Minneapolis American Indian Center, 2004) will be administered at three, six, nine and twelve month intervals to check on the participants’ progress with the mobile DPP program.

In addition to the self-reported data, A1C testing will be conducted at baseline and at the same intervals as when the surveys are administered and will be done by staff working at the DPP partners. The A1C testing will determine if the program participants are successfully able to use the mobile DPP platform to reduce their risk.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed? (check all that apply)

Money (financial capital)

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Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)


Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

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Quality improvement research

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