Freelance writer finds wearable technology can boost health

About Karen Blum

Karen Blum is AHCJ’s core topic leader on health IT. An independent journalist in the Baltimore area, she has written health IT stories for publications such as Pharmacy Practice News, Clinical Oncology News, Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News, General Surgery News and Infectious Disease Special Edition.

Andrea King Collier

Andrea King Collier

Can you use wearable devices to improve your fitness and health? AHCJ member Andrea King Collier, an independent journalist in Michigan, was determined to find out.

In an article for AARP The Magazine, Collier detailed her experience trying several portable technologies for a 30-day period. She not only had an interesting experience but lost 10 pounds in the process and received positive feedback from family and friends. As an added bonus, Collier’s story won a gold award for AARP from the National Mature Media Awards.

In a new “How I Did It” piece, Collier shares the story behind the story and offers advice to other journalists interested in writing about wearable technologies. With so many devices out there, she says, it’s imperative to do your homework when reporting.

It’s still prime time to write about wearable technologies. In 2020, global shipments of wearables, watches, wristbands and other such devices stood at 444.7 million units, according to Statista, and the market is still expected to grow, boosted by the development of 5G (fifth-generation) technology for even faster transmission of data. While businesses, the military and medical professionals have been using wearable technology for decades, it’s only made its way to consumers in the 2000s. Smart watches, fitness and health trackers, and even smart clothing have been gaining in popularity, the company says. Within the next few years, also look for hearable devices — audio equipment worn in or over the ear — to continue growing as well.

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