The conventional health & wellness model is misguided because it seeks to motivate change by selling into existing biases and allowing participants to define their wellness priorities based on those biases. That strategy merely perpetuates those deeply ingrained, but misguided notions. A common bias is the notion that sleep is necessary for rest & recovery and that rest & recovery are expendable and can be deferred when productivity is on the line. That is patently false, not because rest & recovery should be forced, but because sleep is NOT rest & recovery. Sleep is an active orchestration of necessary processes that must occur, otherwise basic metabolic and mental dysfunctions will arise. Another widespread tacit assumption is that our own level of experienced sleepiness will directly indicate to us whether risks or dysfunctions have begun to manifest from poor sleep. That assumption is dangerously inaccurate.
In the domains of nutrition and exercise, the conventional view is that the nutrition-and-exercise duo consists of two ends of a single caloric energy budget for weight loss. By that common view, nutrition is to reduce calorie consumption and exercise is to increase calorie burning— each side addressed only to weight loss. That assumption, also, is radically inadequate. Nutrition is the flexible metabolic alterations that the body makes under specific conditions with specific nutrients. Those nutrient-use particulars are what DRIVE the weight-maintenance challenges that our culture faces, but they do so in ways that are not always intuitive. On the other side of the dipole, physical activity is not merely a weight loss tactic. It is a crucial output that many physiological processes anticipate, including basic metabolic and mental processes. Exercise is inefficient as strictly a weight loss tactic but it is highly efficient at supporting and maintaining the basic health of metabolic and cognitive processes. In the end, the false dichotomy between diet or exercise— each positioned as merely a weight loss choice— should be abandoned.
FAQ: — Who is the target market for the TriNourish platform tandem?
A: In some cases, the member platforms are designed to be a turnkey self running solution for human resource departments interested in providing additional safety & wellness education for their employees. For example, fatigue risk management requires a systematic emphasis on common sleep disorders and poor sleep quality, particularly for the transportation industry, emergency responders, and the nation's shift workers. It is important to keep end-users anonymous because workers in general may be reluctant to answer screening initiatives honestly if they feel that their employment is at risk. Employee benefits and employer communication strategies must discover consistent ways to take that resistance into consideration and implement effective communication strategies.
In other cases, a broader perspective is required while specialty interests are being serviced. This includes modern fitness facilities, athletic institutions, and health management programs. Today's facilities are not simply old-fashioned gyms. They are lifestyle complexes offering a diverse array of traditional and boutique fitness solutions. Forward thinking facilities seek to use their credentialed staff to bridge the gap between a preventative, healthy lifestyle and collaboration with clinical specialists to encourage the responsible introduction of exercise. The fitness industry as a whole has been lobbying to fill that wellness gap for years. Corrective exercise techniques, age-specific expertise and integrated health management are all components to that initiative.
FAQ: — Why wouldn't users just use their trackers and widely available apps?
A: They should. But studies have shown that trackers and apps are not reliable when the information is not contextualized. Without that proper background, these tools simply amplify our existing biases. The whole point of the TriNourish project is to address the reflexive misconceptions about sleep, nutrition and exercise that we carry. It is those seemingly self-evident notions that radically impede our health & performance. With that context, trackers and apps become more valuable.
FAQ: — Are these clinical platforms?
A: No, we collaborate with and seek to readily position clinical sleep expertise into the lifestyle management sector, but neither platform is a clinical platform for two reasons. First, we intentionally position contemporary sleep expertise outside of the clinical sleep sector to expand the reach of responsible, evidence-based strategies beyond the necessarily disciplined confines of sleep disorder identification. We do not treat sleep disorders directly. We establish local connections so that sleep expertise is available through your customized platform. On the Nourish Sleep platform, we seek to identify and educate employees and clients about sleep disorders and place them on a path to responsible care. However, critical areas for performance, productivity and risk, including circadian rhythm patterns, and maladaptive beliefs & behaviors about sleep, impact our basic health and performance well before the criteria of clinical disorders have been met. It is important to confront these issues prior to the disordered state if we hope to begin to address the widespread impacts to our basic health, performance, and productivity that these patterns continue to impart to our culture. Second, we understand that a custom tailored education system must keep the end user anonymous to encourage broader self-directed participation in today's digital environment.
FAQ: — How do I collaborate with other experts in the triad?
A: TriNourish platforms are designed to be self-running, including providing information and resources with follow-up for the three lifestyle components of sleep, nutrition and exercise. However, credentialed nutritionists, trainers, coaches, sleep experts, and other lifestyle experts may utilize the TriNourish model to secure robust relations with complementary professionals through a common TriNourish platform node. This is accomplished by customizing your platforms to include local professional collaboration for follow-up. We'll help. The collaboration-fostering capacity of the integrated content is therefore a natural value-added scaffolding to build cross discipline professional networks.
FAQ: — Are the platforms secure?
A: The main infrastructure of our core assessment components are hosted by Amazon Web Services with server back-up distributed across multiple sites. They are compliant with security and privacy standards, including Privacy Shield, and are fault-tolerant due to redundancy. Data that is entered into our custom assess-and-educate gateway are encrypted and secured at multiple levels, including transmission and submission. Merchant submissions comply with the Payment Card Industry’s Data Security Standards (PCI DSS 3.2) and can therefore process credit card information securely.
FAQ: — Do they meet HIPAA compliancy?
A: A large part of HIPAA compliancy entails an emphasis on policy and procedure protocols. In effect, the weakest link in the security chain is not the technology of collecting and transmitting information, but the handling of that information once it has been received. Because we cannot control strict adherence to safe procedures at the physical site of our clients, and because end users are increasingly uncomfortable with transmitting identifiable information related to their personal health or lifestyle, we have intentionally structured our self-directed learning pathways to keep users anonymous. We believe that this will provide a much greater opportunity for user participation.
FAQ: — OK, but what if I want to use it in a clinical environment?
A: Entities may customize their platforms to identify candidate responses for additional fee-based consultation offerings, however, end-users remain anonymous with the resources that we provide. Patient intake forms may be used as a gateway to the TriNourish platforms and we will work with clinical entities to develop a seamless solution, however TriNourish is a non-clinical entity and does not provide HIPAA compliant platforms to integrate end-user responses with existing medical records or electronic health record platforms. Again, our view is that much greater participation is fostered when participants do not feel like patients and thereby investigate the resources out of a natural budding interest. Internal and outreach communication initiatives are crucial for developing that interest.
You will be presented with two quotes, one for monthly hosting fees and one for set up charges. Quotes presuppose the need for isolated, secure platforms that have been customized for your business. Fees may be reduced substantially relative to quotes when set up and hosting requirements are reduced through utilizing the existing TriNourish structure as presented on the Member platforms.