3 Tech Tools to Keep You Healthy - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

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If deadlines, meetings, and ill-tempered co-workers have you stressed and needing to relax, there’s an app–or product–for that.
HeartMath L.L.C.‘s emWave2 is a personal stress reliever that helps to enhance attention, perception, memory, and problem-solving by training you to align breathing and heart rate with the visual and audible cues of the device. The company says the product was designed to help an individual achieve the mental and emotional state of coherence, which is when the heart, brain, and nervous system are in sync. Users can watch their progress using real-time charts on the computer interface and save sessions for review with a health professional. Price: $229;

Using a Bluetooth-enabled armband, the BodyMedia FIT Mobile weight management system helps users pinpoint the changes they should make in diet and physical activity to reach their weight loss goals. The armband collects 5,000-plus data points a minute to capture an individual’s metabolic profile. It provides information on physical activity, steps taken, sleep efficiency, and calorie intake/burn. The armband sends the data to an iPhone- or Android-compatible activity manager app that has a food logging tool and creates a personalized workout based on this information. Price: $249 plus $6.95 per month for a year’s subscription.

ihealth allows you to monitor your blood pressure with ease (Image: ihealth.com)

Test, track, and graph your blood pressure from your home or office using the iHealth Blood Pressure Monitoring System for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, and share it with your doctor or loved ones. The system comes with a battery-powered dock, blood pressure arm cuff, and iHealth app, which allows users to access previously recorded data sets, view patterns by date and time of day, and create custom graphs and charts. The app is free from the Apple App Store and the hardware is $99.95.

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Marcia Wade Talbert

Marcia is a multimedia content producer focusing on technology at Black Enterprise Magazine. In this capacity she writes and assigns stories to educate readers about social media; digital integration; gadgets, apps, and software for business and professional development; minority tech startups; and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). In 2012, she received two Salute to Excellence Awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and was recognized by Blacks in Technology (BiT) as one of the Top 10 Black achievers in the tech arena for 2011 at SXSW in Austin, Texas. She has spoken about technology on panels for New York Social Media Week, at The 2012 Rainbow/PUSH Wall Street Summit, as well as at Black Enterprise’s Entrepreneurs Conference and Women of Power Summit. In 2011, SocialWayne.com chose her as one of 28 People of Color Impacting the Social Web, and through crowdsourcing she was listed as one of BlackWeb2.0's/HP's 50 Most Notable African American Tastemakers in Social Media and Technology for 2010. Since taking on the role of Tech editor in September 2010, she has conceived and produced five cover stories on Technology and/or STEM and countless articles, videos, and slideshows online. Before joining BlackEnterprise.com as an interactive general assignment reporter in 2008, she freelanced with Black Enterprise beginning in 2003 while working as the technical editor at Prepared Foods magazine. There she further honed her writing skills and became an authority on food ingredients, including ingredients used in food fortification and enrichment. Meanwhile, her freelancing with Black Enterprise and BlackEnterprise.com helped her stay current on issues pertaining to the financial and business welfare of African Americans. As a general reporter for Black Enterprise she attended and reported on the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, where she interviewed Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor and assistant to President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Marcia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in food science from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Science degree in journalism from Roosevelt University in Chicago. En route to her secondary degree, she served as the editor-in-chief of the Roosevelt University Torch, a weekly, student-run newspaper. An avid photographer and videographer, Marcia is one of several employees at BLACK ENTERPRISE who interned for the publishing company as a college student. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, a food scientist; her seventeen-month-old daughter; and “The Cat”, but still considers Chicago home.

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