Your Fitness Tracker Can Save Your Life
Wearing a fitness tracker is an easy and effective way to monitor your daily exercise and movement. Whether you go for a 10-mile run on the treadmill with Khloe Kardashian’s workout playlist or a 10-minute walk around the office park with your cubicle besties, every mile and calorie counts. If you have a job that’s hurting your health, the value is even greater (policewomen, you’ve gotta look out for yourselves too!). But it turns out that fitness tracker might be even more valuable than we knew.
Annals of Emergency Medicine just published a case where ER doctors were able to provide immediate and necessary life-saving care to a patient because of the information stored on his FitBit. The study comes out of Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden, NJ, where doctors used the heart rate measurements on the patient’s FitBit to identify exactly when his heart arrhythmia started after having a seizure. When they found the arrhythmia had been present less than three hours, they were able to treat him accordingly, with a simple rhythm conversion, and send him home with further plans for an outpatient cardiology appointment. Had they not known the exact time, they would have had to keep him longer and run more unnecessary tests.
Study author Dr. Alfred Sacchetti, MD, FACEP says that while “these devices [have] the potential to provide emergency physicians with objective clinical information prior to the patient’s arrival at the emergency department,” they have yet to be “considered approved medical devices,” and their use in these situations are “up to the clinician’s own discretion.”
Still, the possibility that a fitness tracker could provide pertinent medical information — however basic — in an emergency situation is such an awesome (and surprising!) benefit that it gives us yet another reason to strap ours to our wrists every morning.
Do you wear a fitness tracker on the regular? Tweet us @BritandCo and tell us why you love it!
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)