Love Data Week Day 1

Research & Data Services

February 12-16, 2024

Monday, February 12, 2024 – Blog Post by Tiffany Grant, PhD, CDE

Join UC Libraries Research & Data Services as we celebrate Love Data Week. The 2024 theme is “My Kind of Data”.

Question: What kind of data is the most personal?

Answer: Your own health data

Join us as we provide evidence-based data pertaining to the data that is most relevant to you. The information provided will help you be more knowledgeable about your health and provide impactful methods that can be incorporated relatively seamlessly into your day-to-day practices.

If you are considering lifestyle changes and would like a little help on the way, below are two resources that might be of interest.

  1. Lark
    1. Lark is a CDC recognized and approved program that provides interactive daily coaching around weight loss and physical activity, as well as diet, sleep habits, and stress management. It is designed especially for those either at risk of or with Type II diabetes.
    1. The CDC’s National Diabetes Statistics Report indicates that 38.4 million people or 11.6% of the US population has diabetes. More alarming is that roughly 97.6 million American adults or 38% of the adult population is prediabetic, placing them at a much higher risk of developing diabetes.
    1. Lark aims to encourage small lifestyle changes that can lower the risk of diabetes by 58%.
    1.  Lark partners with major insurance companies to offer 24/7 personalized health coaching at no cost to you. All Lark programs include the Lark Health app, one or more smart devices*, and access to other perks like a supportive community and live group coaching. All you need to do is take the simple eligibility survey to see if you qualify.
      1. Smart devices can include a smart scale and Fitbit.
    1. Lark provides timely reminders throughout the day and provides personalized coaching on nutrition, sleep, weight, and activity to keep you on track to reach your fitness goals.
    1. Take the Lark Survey now to see if you’re eligible for Lark through your insurance.
  • Berry Street
    • Berry Street provides nutrition therapy by bridging the gap between providers and people who want to learn how nutrition can help them lead healthier, happier lives.
    • Berry Street connects patients with dietitians who take their health insurance for 1:1 nutrition therapy.
    • Most Berry Street patients pay nothing at all. Before you start, Berry Street will verify your coverage and confirm what (if any) out-of-pocket costs will be.
    • Berry Street provides nutrition therapy that emphasizes sustainable results without a focus on the number on the scale.
    • Berry Street’s registered dietitian nutritionists craft individualized meal plans and provide ongoing support to ensure sustainable success by emphasizing whole-body wellness and positive relationships with food.
    • Click here to see if Berry Street is right for you.
  • Virgin Pulse
    • If you have not already tried Virgin Pulse as part of Be Well UC, UC’s employee wellness program, you may be missing out.
    • Be Well UC aims to educate, support, and empower faculty and staff to live healthy lifestyles and build a culture of well-being.
    • If you are enrolled in a UC medical plan, you are also eligible to earn up to $300 every calendar year with access to the online wellness portal, Virgin Pulse.
    • The Virgin Pulse portal creates an ever-evolving personalized experience tailored just for you.
    • Virgin Pulse provides (among many other benefits):
      • Daily cards to learn bite-size information based on your interests and goals.
      • Interactive challenges to continue living well and rally colleagues together to compete and focus on one habit at a time.
      • Functional tracking of goals and habits that are meaningful to you.
      • Social connectivity to communities and groups in your networks. Stay motivated and encourage others by giving coworkers a shoutout, joining a group, and inviting friends to join you!
      • You can even connect an activity tracker or mobile app to get credit for movement and sleep.
    • Learn more about BeWellUC incentives associated with Virgin Pulse here.

Want more information and resources? Healthy People 2030 has provided a resource guide listing evidence-based resources of intervention evaluations and studies that can help improve health. The guide is broken into 5 sections that include information on health conditions, health behaviors, populations, settings and systems, and social determinants of health.

Health-related Numbers you should know and their appropriate values


  • Healthy weight: 18.5 to 24.9
  • Overweight: 25 to 29.9
  • Obese: 30 or higher

Blood Pressure

  • Normal: Systolic less than 120 and diastolic less than 80
  • Elevated: Systolic between 120 and 129 and diastolic less than 80
  • Stage 1 Hypertension: Systolic between 130 and 139 or diastolic between 80 and 89
  • Stage 2 Hypertension: Systolic 140 or higher or diastolic 90 or higher
  • Hypertensive Crisis: Systolic higher than 180 and/or diastolic higher than 120


  • Total Cholesterol: Less than 200 mg/dL
  • HDL Cholesterol for Men: Higher than 40 mg/dL
  • HDL Cholesterol for Women: Higher than 50 mg/dL
  • LDL Cholesterol: Less than 100mg/dL


  • Optimal Fasting Level: less than 100mg/DL

Throughout this week, we will provide information pertaining to important health topics including information on health disparities, exercise and weight loss, and reading nutrition labels.

Schedule and Topics

Tuesday – Health Disparities

Wednesday – Exercise

Thursday – Nutrition

No material on this site is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment and before undertaking a new health care regimen, and never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.

Stay tuned for more throughout the week. #LoveData24

Other Love Data Week Events

Network of the National Library of Medicine

ICPSR-specific Love Data Week Activities

Daily Webinars (registration and more information for each webinar can be found here). Visit the 2024 Love Data Week playlist where the recordings from 2024 will be available after each presentation.  

  • Monday: DSDR, A Population Health Data Archive: 20 Years of Sharing Research Data and Resources (1pm – 1:45pm ET)
  • Tuesday: Early Care and Education Data Resources for Students and Librarians from the Child and Family Data Archive (CFData) (1pm -2pm ET)
  • Wednesday: Balancing Data Sharing and Protection: The COVID Measures Archive at ICPSR (1pm -2pm ET)
  • Thursday: Open Love of Data Sharing with the Patient-Centered Outcomes Data Repository (PCODR) (1pm -2pm ET)
  • Friday: Introducing the Metadata Documentation Portal (1pm -2pm ET)