An Owaves "O," with the eight activity icons--Love, Move, Work, Eat, Sleep, Relax, Play, and Flow--along the rim, and the author Serene's Bitmoji dancing in the center.

The Science of Our Symbols: Owaves’ Eight Activity Icons

Serene Issa day planning, Healthy Lifestyle, Owaves101, Time Blocking

Owaves recommends that each individual separates their time each day among eight different activity categories, represented by individual icons. Each category holds a purpose and furthers each person’s mental and physical well-being. The activity icons or categories are as follows: Love, Move, Work, Eat, Sleep, Relax, Play and Flow. In the Owaves app, each activity category is paired with a recommended amount …

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Benefits of Living in a Healthy Community

Owaves Team Community, COVID-19, Day Planner, Healthy Lifestyle

Ever considered how your neighbor, your gym, or even your phone could make a substantial impact on your health? The people around you and the community you live in can affect several aspects of your life. In addition, the digital community you build can have just as much of a positive impact on your life as those who physically surround you. Read on …

5 Ways Our Zip Code May Influence Our Health More Than Our DNA Code

Owaves Team Health & Fitness, Health Risks, Healthy Lifestyle, My Moai, Relationships

There are certain age-old debates that are challenging to get to the bottom of, like, does pineapple belong on pizza? Or what came first, the chicken or the egg? One dispute that science can help us understand is one of nature vs. nurture. When you think of your health and wellbeing, try to imagine all of the factors that come together to support the …

#MyMoai--Moai statues are shown on a green hill

What is a Moai?

Owaves Team Day Planner, Healthy Lifestyle, My Moai, Relationships

The concept of Moai has been embedded in Japanese culture for hundreds of years. It’s essentially a support group concerning the social, financial and mental health facets of its group members. Unsurprisingly, it is also known to be an essential component to understanding the longevity of Okinawans. Okinawa is one of the five Blue Zones where people live significantly longer than the …

5 Ways to Maintain Social Rhythms While Social Distancing

Mikaela Horvath COVID-19, Family, Healthy Lifestyle, Relationships

Though we must refrain from in-person gatherings right now in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, socialization is still crucial for us to incorporate into a well-balanced daily routine! Here are a few ways to maintain social rhythms in the current times. 1. Take Part in Video Chats! Not only can you simply talk to family and friends and see …

Circadian Rhythms
and Night Shifts

Owaves Team Circadian Rhythm, Day Plans, Health Risks, Healthy Lifestyle, Routines, Time Hacks, Time Management, Tips and Tricks

As a doctor in training, night shifts are a consistent part of life. This gets especially difficult for someone who is into optimizing their health. The World Health Organization classifies night shift work as a ‘carcinogen’. Circadian rhythms dictate specific times at which we are physiologically optimized for performance in different domains. It’s hard to stay alert and productive at night as …

New Year or New Season?

New Year or New Season?

Royan Circadian Rhythm, Circannual Rhythm, Healthy Lifestyle, Productivity, Time Management, Uncategorized

January 1st, in the middle of winter, is actually an arbitrary date to start a new year… The date has no astronomical association, and is an inherited way of dividing up time from the Gregorian calendar, introduced by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582. Before then, you might’ve seen Western countries start the new year on religious holidays like Christmas or Easter. The …

Two Public Health Lessons
from Rio de Janeiro

Royan Health Risks, Healthy Lifestyle, Olympics, Productivity, Wellness Planner

In a world where anti-depressants are fast becoming as common as Tylenol, it’s refreshing to run into a culture, an entire population or Blue Zone if you will, that possesses joy as a palpable entity. The Carioca spirit, or “joie de vivre” of the local Rio de Janeiro population, is not only infectious but palpable. It’s something even those living here for …

Illvolution

Owaves Team Apps, Entrepreneur, Healthy Lifestyle, Startups, Wellness GPS

A New Era: The Diseases of Abundance Royan Kamyar, M.D., MBA, founder and CEO of Owaves presents at TEDxUCSD’s Salon Event on February 27, 2014.  He discusses Illvolution, the study of how how disease evolves, or “illvolves”, over time, and why it is important for us to recognize this as we strive to improve the health of future generations. Royan is a …

Recipe for Chronic Disease

Royan Health Risks, Healthy Lifestyle, Productivity, Tips and Tricks, Wellness GPS

Sitting is the New Smoking According to recent research from a new cadre of public health advocates, sitting for extended periods throughout the day is an independent risk factor for chronic disease such as heart disease – even with allotments for exercise. Sitting down too much, for too long, is bad for our health. The typical American work day looks pretty much like …