Tuesday, July 10, 2012

New #Co_Health Virtual Wellness Book Club

When Dr. Tuckson recommended some books I had not read at his presentation on Modernizing Health Care last month, I found myself not only wanting to read them, but wanting to discuss them with others. I suggested a CoHealth book club to Fran Melmed and Carol Harnett and they responded with enthusiasm. So, here we go trying to engage and connect people interested in health and wellness in yet another way. The September 19 Tweet Chat will be dedicated to discussing one of these four books. Vote for the book you would like to discuss on the CoHealth LinkedIn page.

CoHealth is a virtual knowledge community for those keen to improve workplace wellness. Wellness managers, communication professionals, wellness providers, physicians, insurers and researchers are all current members, bringing a broad perspective to any topic up for discussion. CoHealth is open to all. Please spread the word and invite others to engage.

Here's the list, mull it over and then click here to vote.

Thinking, Fast and Slow Now that I'm aware of this book, I see it referenced all over the place. It's a TED book and was just recommended by NPR as one of five books to inspire innovation. It also appeared on numerous "best of" lists. The author, Daniel Kahneman, is a Nobel Prize-winning psychologist. "Thinking, Fast and Slow gives deep--and sometimes frightening--insight about what goes on inside our heads: the psychological basis for reactions, judgments, recognition, choices, conclusions, and much more."

Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World We've dedicated at least one chat to gamification, so this might be a good choice for those that want to expand on that discussion. "Reality is Broken explains the science behind why games are good for us--why they make us happier, more creative, more resilient, and better able to lead others in world-changing efforts."

The Creative Destruction of Medicine: How the Digital Revolution Will Create Better Health Care I've been listening to this book on Audible and I find myself frequently reaching for my phone to create a note to a spot I want to come back to. It's a thought provoking look at the current challenges in the health care delivery system and the type of revolutionary change that is possible. 

Persuasive Technology: Using Computers to Change What We Think and Do (Interactive Technologies) In this book, Dr. B.J. Fogg, director of the Persuasive Technology Lab at Stanford University, discusses how technology can be used to change people's attitudes and behavior. This kind of digital influence sounds like it could be controversial, so we should probably all be exploring it. Fran said, BJ Fogg has kindly agreed to be on the CoHealth Checkup radio show and take our questions if we end up selecting his book.

And the winner is... Persuasive Technology by B.J. Fogg. This is an expensive book to buy at $31.17, but you can rent it from Amazon to read on a Kindle for just $7.46. Unfortunately, it's not available on Audible. (I'll include notes about cost and availability the next time we vote to select a book.) Hope everyone enjoys reading Persuasive Technology. Remember the chat is on September 19 at noon. And, BJ Fogg will be a guest on the CoHealth Checkup radio show and take our questions, so make a note of anything you'd like to ask the author.

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