[Guest post by Lisa Gualtieri]
I was given a Fitbit and, in tiny print on the package insert, it said to recycle responsibly. It turns out that there is really no way to do that – even wine corks can be recycled but not wearables. My exploration of this led me in many directions, including The Product Stewardship Institute and the complicated recycling websites of many cities and towns. My conclusion to date is that most wearables are thrown in a drawer. As a researcher, I wanted to learn more so I have a survey at http://goo.gl/forms/AyftXiB7N6 which I would be most grateful if you take and pass along to friends and colleagues. The incentive is a drawing for an Apple Watch.
The other side of this research is that I am curious how wearables can help people who want or need to increase their fitness but don’t know about them or can’t afford them. I have pilots planned with the YMCA of Central MA in Fitchburg and I hope to either receive a donation of wearables for the pilot or use reburbished ones we collect as part of http://RecycleHealth.com.
The survey is a helpful way of learning about feasibility of this!
I want to conclude by saying that one of invitations I most enjoyed was to present a keynote on The Future of Consumer Health to the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association in Richmond in 2011. I love this picture of “Girls with Pearls” – my pearls were a loan for the picture. Would “Women with Wearables” have the same charm?
Guest post by:
Lisa Gualtieri, PhD, ScM
Tufts University School of Medicine
Department of Public Health and Community Medicine
7th Tufts Summer Institute on Digital Strategies for Health Communication offered July 19-24, 2015