I’m currently building what I have dubbed a ‘Family Health Experiment Board’, for the best explanation of what this is please check out this draft I’ve quickly put together:
In a nut shell, the function of this web app is to track health and lifestyle challenge chosen by and completed by my family members. It replaces a cork-board that sits in our kitchen! (see below)
TLDR: I’d love for some feedback on my use of Flexbox, HTMLing, CSSing and attempts to make it responsive. Any pointers? I’ve just finished the FCC Front-end Cert and I’m cutting my teeth on some personal projects including this one, how am I doing?
Also, if you’ve got a cool idea for additional functionality / interactivity, let me know!
For context, the aim of the project is to reignite my parents’ interest and confidence in maintaining their health, in particularly my father’s. My parents want to be healthier, and I’d like to provide them with the motivation and direction that could help them on their way. It’s been an ongoing challenge for the past few years.
In the last month or so, I’ve realised that on my part the approach is totally wrong. I’ll throw information at my Dad and it comes across as out of his reach, or it is simply overwhelming to process. And being told to or forced to do something just creates the wrong kind of energy around it. I think back to High School, I was pretty disenfranchised with most of what I was being taught, then several years later I find myself fascinated with ideas we were discussing and novels I was supposed to be reading at the time.
I think for anyone to make a significant change in their lifestyle and mentality, it has to be of the own inhibition, they have to own it, they have to be invested in it, they have to walk their own path.
This board is some what of a happy middle ground. I can give my family members ideas and encourage them to participate every week. But at the end of the day, they choose the challenge they want to attempt.
I’m hoping it has a snowball effect in terms of their motivation and self confidence. Conquering one small challenge, then trying a harder one, picking up momentum. Challenges becoming experiments, things they want to try out rather than a chore. The end goal is that I’m hoping that eventually my parents don’t maintain some of these habits because they are a challenge on aboard, but because they simply make them feel better. I’m hoping it gives them an attitude and confidence to just try something out for the hell of it,.
What do you guys think of this strategy? Is it fundamentally wrong to intervene in someone else’s lifestyle choices? Does anyone have a similar experience with someone close to them?
Also, if you have any ideas or critiques from the web dev side of things I’d love to hear them.
If you’d think this would be helpful for your family or friends, please feel free to fork my code and remix your own version. The artist I use for the avatars is called Akifune, and she can be found of Fiverr