FitNet seeks to educate families by utilizing
lessons learned from pop culture and the amazing proliferation of
Internet access to facilitate good health in a highly personlized
1.) Sign in to your personal account.
2.) Tell us what activities you like to do, where you live, what
your schedule is like.
3.) Presto! A personalized schedule of activities is produced that
tells you where to do things that are fun, active, and safe (like
football, rock climbing, and swimming); how far away the venue is
from your school and home; and ratings of what other FitNet users
thought about it after they did it.
4.) Access your schedule from any computer connected to the Internet,
and eventually even on your PDA and cell phone!
here for an prototype of the FitNet concept.
Using FitNet is easy cause we do all
of the work for you! FitNet works by linking your personal preferences
with the FitNet database that knows about all the venues in your
area where you can do fun & active things, when it's open, what
you can do there, if it's safe (it better be!), and how much it
will cost you to go there (little to nothing!). Then it comes up
with a plan designed specifically for you and delivers it to you
over the Internet.
• Child & parent schedules
• Age, gender, etc.
• Income, budget, insurance
• Physician input
• Fitness offerings
• Quality and safety ratings
• Cost and fee structure
• Venue Locations
• Proximity to home & school
• Transport plans
• Positive reinforcers
• Information accessible from home, school, hospital,
and portable electronics
Through the web, participants are able
to tell us personal information, like what physical activities they
like to do and where they live and go to school, in a fun and interactive
manner that is similar to a videogame. In addition, the individual's
physician will have input into other important biographical and
medical info, in addition to restrictions there are for the patient's
The FitNet database will contain important
information on potential fitness venues around the community, their
fitness offerings, hours, and costs. In addition, there will be
dynamically updating quality and safety ratings based on user feedback
over the web.
With the help of the Durham Fitness Council,
we will create a web-based tool which helps fitness venues themselves
organize, track, manage and publish their schedules. They will be
encouraged to update this information as programs, fees, etc. change.
This data will synchronize with the Triangle FitNet database, to
populate, and keep up-to-date, the type of fields that are described
FitNet participants will be able to update
and access their profiles from a number of locations, including:
- Duke University Primary Care facilities
- Internet at home, or on the go (mobile Internet)
- Store Kiosks (see FitGUIDE)
The result is a personalized lifestyle
plan that promotes healthy and active lifestyles. We think this
will result in happier patients and parents, improved medium and
long-term cost effectiveness, and a long-term decrease in morbidities
for multiple diseases.