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Get UP. Together.

Flashback with me to January 29, a Friday afternoon at the Jawbone office in San Francisco. I’m chatting with Brett Bullington, a long-time Silicon Valley advisor and angel-investor. He’s not talking about which start-up he’s investing in or who’s disrupting which market. He was actually telling me how his UP tracker helped him recover from a serious bicycling accident and brain injury that disrupted his life more than three years ago.

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5 Ways To Love Yourself This Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s Day, whether you are single or in a relationship, it’s very important to remember to love YOU. According to Science Daily, acceptance is the attribute most closely tied to self satisfaction and happiness; yet, we find it hardest to accept ourselves. As a person who has learned the value of self-acceptance, I am here to tell you that loving yourself is the only pathway to truly loving your life—and everyone in it. Here are some tips to inspire and help you to stay on track this Valentine’s Day season. (more…)

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UP Stories: How Jennifer Uses Heart Rate Tracking To Manage Chronic Illness

“I was diagnosed with a congenital condition called Chiari Malformation at age 16.” says Jennifer Lake, an UP community member since 2014.

“For seven years, I was sick without any idea of why. And, it turned out that this Chiari Malformation had been the answer all along. Sometime throughout the seven years between diagnosis and treatment, I developed a secondary problem. My cranio-cervical junction had become unstable, allowing my second vertebrae to migrate upwards and backwards, compressing my brain stem. Essentially, my skull had begun to slip back and forth on my spine. The doctors sat me down and said, ‘You’re going to need brain surgery.”

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UP Stories: Ashleigh’s Weight Loss Journey from 500 to 200 Pounds

“Progress—not perfection—is what I’m going for. I firmly believe that’s how I’ll meet my ultimate goals, with progress and little changes over time. The weight didn’t come on overnight, so it’s not like it’s going to fall off overnight either,” says Ashleigh Whitcomb, a member of the UP community since 2014 who is on a weight loss journey to lose over 300 pounds.

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Celebrating Oprah’s Favorite Things 2015

I’m not sure if I could tell you exactly when I became a fan of Oprah Winfrey. All I know is that when I was a freshman at college in Roanoke, VA, my mother used to call me from Florida. I’d curl up on my springy single mattress bed, make some tea, grab a blanket, and we’d watch the show together after my afternoon classes. Even today, Oprah is an inspiration to us — a supportive friend, a soul guru, and of course — our favorite librarian. After twenty years of not reading a single book, an Oprah’s Book Club pick turned my mom on to reading again. Now she can’t go anywhere without a Kindle book on hand!

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