Thomas B. Cook, Rumi Shammin, Cynthia McPherson Frantz, John E. Petersen, Measuring the Transition to Sustainability: From Simple Diagnosis to Data-driven Interventions, The Solutions Journal, Volume 5, Issue 1, January 2014, Pages 70-78 ( Abstract: As individuals we accept that our health is something that can and should be monitored. A routine medical checkup begins and ends with measurement. Weight, height, blood pressure, temperature, and pulse are all checked. Routine blood work includes blood sugar and cholesterol, and all are compared with what are considered normal values. If nothing else we leave the exam content that something scientific has taken place. The premise of this checkup is that these metrics provide a basis of assessing health that can be used to inform decision-making. Yet while measures of blood sugar, cholesterol, and blood pressure are grossly prognostic for several chronic health conditions, they reveal little about what may be lurking beneath the surface for a large subset of important diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s disease and about our psychological wellbeing. The fact that self-reported health is often a stronger predictor of mortality than clinical measures suggests just how … Topics: Communication; Community; Conservation; Sustainability