HealthSeeker: a healthy Facebook game

We are SUPER-excited to announce one of the biggest undertakings we’ve worked on pretty much since we launched our communities.

It’s called HealthSeeker, a new Facebook® game, with the goal of helping players make specific lifestyle changes that focus on healthy eating. While the benefits of the game are available to anyone, HealthSeeker™ specifically helps people with diabetes make more informed lifestyle decisions in an innovative way that complements their daily use of social media.

HealthSeeker™ combines a supportive social networking environment with important information on managing diabetes. The game utilizes the player’s own Facebook® friends as sources of inspiration and support on the road to better health.

There are MISSIONS and ACTION STEPS to help players achieve LIFESTYLE GOALS and create an opportunity to advance in the game. These LIFESTYLE GOALS include eating more healthfully, achieving or maintaining a healthy weight, improving one’s diabetes control and lowering cardiovascular risk factors. As ACTION STEPS are completed and players return to report their progress, they receive experience points and other awards for their achievements.

HealthSeeker™ is a unique collaboration between diabetes experts and patient advocates who are on the front lines of diabetes care. It was developed by the Diabetes Hands Foundation in collaboration with Joslin Diabetes Center, with financial support provided by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

We wanted to harness the Facebook® phenomenon to help people with diabetes make necessary changes in their daily lives. Many people with diabetes struggle with the lifestyle changes that are needed to help manage their condition, such as adding more fiber, fruit and vegetables to their diets, or increasing their daily activity. HealthSeeker™ can help people with diabetes stay motivated by suggesting simple, everyday steps to help them achieve their lifestyle goals and then rewarding them for their success.

One of the people involved in the Joslin team was Dr. Richard Jackson (an endocrinologist and Director of Medical Affairs, Healthcare Services, Joslin Diabetes Center and Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School). He had this to say about the game and his hopes for it:

“As a clinician who has been treating people with diabetes for over 30 years, I can tell you that food is often the most frustrating area of concern for people with the condition. We hope this novel and engaging game will break down some of the barriers that are preventing people with diabetes from building a successful lifestyle approach to their condition.”


Here is a video to give you a feel about the game:

HealthSeeker™ can be accessed at www.healthseekergame.org. The game was designed by Ayogo Games, Inc.

Silvio Rodriguez en Oakland

Vivir en el area de la bahia de San Francisco tiene sus beneficios. Uno de ellos es que muchos artistas musicales nos visitan. Hoy fue uno de esos casos.

Esta noche, Silvio Rodriguez se presento en el teatro Paramount de Oakland.

Ambos, mi esposa y yo, crecimos escuchando Silvio… asi que cuando supimos que venia a la bahia enseguida aprovechamos la oportunidad. Logramos conseguir asientos buenos (lease no muy caros y con buena vista) en el balcon de arriba…

Pero lo mejor de todo fue realmente el derroche de exquisita poesia musical que Silvio compartio con los presentes. Con un repertorio que se balanceo entre sus clasicos y material mas reciente, Silvio dejo a la audiencia satisfecha luego de dos horas y media de musica.

Entre los temas clásicos que Silvio compartió estuvieron:

  • En el Claro de la Luna – el tema con el que abrio el concierto.
  • Sueño con Serpientes – “… hay los que luchan toda la vida: esos son los [hombres] imprescindibles.” ~ Bertolt Brecht.-
  • Cancion del Elegido – la cual dedico a los Cuban Five.
  • La Era esta Pariendo un Corazon – con un arreglo genial que le dio nueva vida a una cancion de 1968.
  • Oleo de Mujer Con Sombrero
  • La Maza – un tema super-poderoso que movio el publico entero.
  • Como Gasto Papeles – un momento super-intimo… exquisito en que Silvio interpreto solo con su guitarra el tema entero.
  • Pequeña Serenata Diurna (“Vivo en un pais libre…”)
  • Ojalá – que se puede decir de este tema que no se haya dicho?
  • Unicornio – luego de muchos pedidos del publico (incluyendome!)

Pero el concierto tambien conto con momentos especiales que trajeron canciones mas recientes, como:

  • La Gota de Rocio (1985)
  • Quien Fuera (1992)
  • El Necio (1992)
  • Casiopea (1994)
  • Mariposas (1999)

En general, a nivel tematico, Silvio nos mostro un lado suyo menos politico y mas lleno de sensibilidad poetica y musical. Fue una noche inolvidable: creo que nuestras vidas podran contarse como “Antes del Concierto de Silvio” y “Despues del Concierto de Silvio”.