Vitali wishes you Merry Christmas!

Juliane Höfle on Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010 at 09:58


In a few days an exciting and eventful year comes to an end. This year we could make excellent progress in the fields of integration of a person in charge (doctor and coach) and corporate health management (development of the Vital Station).

Don’t forget our demonstration flat in Dornbirn which we could furnish with assistive technology. So we were able to make our vision of “Vital living – with safety longer at home” a reality with an affordable and retrofit solution.

The grand finale of the year was our victory at the “ebiz egovernment award 2010″ for Vorarlberg.

So that the new year will continue just as thrilling let me provide an outlook for 2011:

  • Activity is our most important field for the next months. With our new measurement device (nearly finished) it is possible to make movement and activity measurable.
  • myVitali is getting mobile – in the near future on the iPhone!
  • Video communication with the persons of charge and other myVitali users – see you ;-)

My major goal for 2011 is to improve your health and quality of life. With this in mind I wish you a time of tranquility and relaxation for the next days. Have a wonderful start in a new year full of “viral” health and vitality.

Yours Vitali

The apple has a great importance in our nutrition

Juliane Höfle on Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010 at 16:54

aepfel-300x118As everyone knows, we should eat every day fruit and vegetables. So we increase our health and well being.

Nevertheless, according to a study of the AKS in Vorarlberg, eats only one in four school children fruit or vegetables for snack.
Therefore you should active encourage the health of your child with an apple for snack. An apple for example, contains protective substances which not only strengthen the immune system, but also contribute to regulating blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels.

Vitali also will focus in future on the topic nutrition and will give you more support.

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myVitali is with the project “Vital Living in Vorarlberg” nominated for the eBiz award!

admin on Wednesday, October 27th, 2010 at 18:19


The company i+R Schertler-Alge provide the barrier-free apartment, which is the base of the project. The award-winning Vital monitoring myVitali from MASSIVE ART monitors key health data such as blood pressure and pulse, blood sugar and weight, body fat, body water and muscle mass. The readings are automatically sent by radio to the system and can be accessed via a touch-sensitive screen in the living area.

Family, nurses, doctors and persons of trust receive with the consent of the resident access to the collected data. The implementation partner for the building automation realized a emergency call functions, an alarm function and the monitoring of the air quality.

The latter is also used in myVitali for the interpretation of the state of health. Besides the health data myVitali additionally includes information, which are related with the efficient energy use.

Now the project is nominated for the eBiz egovernment award. The decision criteria for the Award are besides the cost effectiveness, the sustainability and the creativity of the solution.

Now we are curious to see, who will win the award in Vorarlberg.

Daylight increases agility of elderly people

Constance Stickler on Wednesday, December 30th, 2009 at 10:10


German and Austrian researchers found out that elderly people benefit from higher amount of blue in the lighting. For the study, a new type of lighting system was installed in a Viennese retirement home. The researchers monitored the impact of the intensity of illumination and spectral composition on the resident‘s wellbeing. Thereby positive effects became apparent, especially with biologically active light with an increased amount of blue.

Colour temperature as well as light intensity of the recently installed illuminated ceiling can be adapted. Unlike conventional sources of light, this system may create daylight quality with considerably less energy.

The tests were conducted with three different light situations. After 14 months, an entire set of positive impacts could be noticed: „The residents definitely communicated more with each other and with the nursing staff, they took an active part in collective activities such as crafting, playing and singing and participated more in the household assistance of their living groups“, explains psychologist Charlotte Sust, responsible for the study‘s concept. More activity during the day results in more tiredness in the evening and thus in a more relaxing sleep. This means a substantial higher quality of living especially for dementia patients, whose rhythm for day and night often is dysfunctional. This also takes the pressure off the care attendants. Only the low acceptance of the light qualified as cold compared to the normal warm lighting dims the result of the study.

Daylight plays an important role for the common health as well as the mental wellbeing, e.g. it influences the receptor of the eye‘s retina which are responsible for the day-night-functions of the organism. A sufficient dose of light oppresses the hormone melatonin which makes us sleepy and it helps against sleeping disorders and seasonal affective disorder.


The EU’s anti-smoking spots

Constance Stickler on Wednesday, December 16th, 2009 at 10:52

The EU tries to keep teens from smoking with very weird spots in the style of the „Happy Tree Friends“ (series on MTV). I wonder if they will be successful…

Patients help patients

Constance Stickler on Wednesday, December 9th, 2009 at 10:52

Especially with life-changing conditions, it helps to know there are others around with the same problem. That‘s where comes in: in different disease communities (number of groups is growing), people can learn from real-world experiences of other patients like them.

No more wolfing down

Constance Stickler on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009 at 09:56

Similar stuff we already know from brushing our teeth: a display shows the remaining time one should use for cleaning.

Lissa Kooijman, technical student from Holland had a very creative idea: the eetMeet plate has special lamps which begin to glow every time one takes something from it with a fork or a spoon. Now you have to chew until the fading lights completely had gone out.

Thus one eats slower and chews longer: who still feels like counting to 30 with every bit?


Intact relationships are ideal stress buffers

Constance Stickler on Wednesday, November 25th, 2009 at 10:34


A dissertation at the university of Göteborg concludes: Who lives in an intact relationship suffers considerably less from the daily working stress. The partner has a buffer effect.

Who on the other hand lives in a dysfunctional, mediocre relationship comes out twice as badly as negative influences enhance mutually: the risk for a burn-out and physic diseases increases. With women these are mainly anxiety stats and sleep disturbances, whereas with men depressions and feelings of oppression. It is assumed that the burden of a constant fight for improvement of the relationship is added to the working stress.

Of course the partner must not be abused as trash bin. Furthermore the body needs a rest and  relaxation after stressful periods, conversations are not a complete compensation for this.

The dissertation can be found here.


Using Twitter to lose weight

Constance Stickler on Wednesday, November 4th, 2009 at 10:15


According to the article written by Dr. Kal eMarketer predicts 18 mio. twittering Americans by the end of 2009. Most of these 18 mio. want to lose weight. Who is adipose wants to be overweight, the ones with overweight want to have a normal weight and who is within the normal range wants to have six-packs.

How can Twitter help with losing weight? Dr. Kal gives the following advices:

Thousands of other twitterers give free advices how to slim. Not all of them are to be recommended. Dr. Kal trusts in the tweets of @PreventionMag, @MensHealthMag, @WomensHealthMag.

Success stories of other people inspire and motivate. @PastaQueen, @PriorFatGirl, @RonisWeigh, @DoneDieting, @FormerFatGirl, @MrLowBodyFat succeeded and keep their weight.

There are countless others eager to slim in Twitterland to start an active interchange. Via tools like one can find some of them within the own geographic environment.

As long as we don‘t know our nutrition sins, it‘s hard to avoid them. Also for that a twitter solution exists:

No stress
The 4 rules for sustainable dieting are:
1.    Eat less,
2.    move more,
3.    sleep more and
4.    stress less.
How to reduce and avoid stress is explained best by these twitterers: @StressLess, @TaraBurner, @LifestyleOracle.

To laugh helps with a lot of stuff, also with slimming. They will cause you to laugh: @FatherKelly, @Nick_Nolte, @ChuckNorris_, @TheRules.

Success fills us with pride – what about before and after photos on TwitPic? And it motivates to approach things sincerely not to have after pics that show 2 kilos more. Of course you can upload photos of everything you‘re eating. Most of us would be amazed in retrospect.

By the way – one of the latest features on Twitter are lists. Now one can summarize single twitters into a group with a special topic. Here‘s a selection that I created for myVitaliEN:

More activity in day-to-day life: Stairs used too little

Constance Stickler on Friday, October 23rd, 2009 at 08:59


One of the simplest possibilities to get more activity is to use the stairs instead of the elevator or the moving stairs. tells about a German study observing the visitor‘s behaviour in a mall.
Sara Mager and Birgit Wallmann of the health centre of German‘s physical education college in Köln strike a disillusioning balance: only six percent of the visitors used the stairs, all others took the moving stairs.
After that they started tests with posters praising the advantages of stairs. The text „Take the stairs“ brought a rise of three percent, „Stair climbing keeps you fit and healthy!“ four percent. The application of this simple and cheap tool has to be examined further, emphasise Mager and Wallmann.

Another promotion of stairs – although distinctly more costly – was presented by VW in its project „The Fun Theory“. Overnight, the stairs at the exit of a subway station were transformed into a piano. With overwhelming success: the stairs were used by 66% more than on other days.

Video: VW

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