The biggest changes often start with the smallest of steps, and that is particularly true with your health.
With our new Lifestyle Dashboards, 23andMe wants to help you along that path to wellness. Nudging you to eat a little better each day, or to take a few more steps outside, or reminding you of the importance of a good night’s sleep. Making these small incremental changes can add up to big improvements to your overall health.
We want to help you but, like with any journey, before you take that first step it helps both to know not just where you are but where you want to go. To do that, customers can connect their mobile devices — like an iPhone or Apple Watch with the Apple Health Kit or Google Fit — through our app, or answer survey questions that allows 23andMe to assess their daily habits.
Daily Healthy Habits
Your activity data from your phone and wearable devices, as well as your answers to those questions, allow you to compare how you are doing with other 23andMe customers, who have consented to participate in research. We’ll be able to show you how many of your daily habits, like your daily steps, your exercise routine, your veggie intake, your red meat consumption, your stress levels, compared to the thousands of individuals in our research community.
The power of social comparison can open your eyes to things you’re doing well, and need to work on more. We even allow our 23andMe+ members to compare based on age, sex, and region.
A Virtuous Circle
In addition, for those who opt into 23andMe’s research, your responses are aggregated with answers from other participants so that our scientists can study what works and doesn’t work in improving overall health in a sort of virtual cycle of information.
These dashboards are 23andMe’s first step into helping customers more easily integrate their day-to-day habits and behaviors into their overall 23andMe health experience. The genetic insights we provide can ground us in what lifestyle habits are especially important.
23andMe wants to help you track and improve your wellness to work together towards a healthier future for you. If you’re a 23andMe Health + Ancestry Service customer in the United States, take a look at the Lifestyle Dashboards, and let’s take this next step to improve our health together.