Kevin feels empowered to lead a healthy life with UP

Kevin Kimball

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A good way to counteract diabetes is to be active. UP is a nice, self-satisfying device that empowers me to get out and do the things that I need to do to stay well.

“Surpassing one’s goal is always a rewarding thing,” says Kevin Kimball, a husband, father, art collector and travel aficionado. “I’m 63 years old. I’m a type 1 diabetic, so I’m insulin-dependent.” Kevin, who’s managed his diabetes since 1998, goes on to explain, “I think I’m in reasonably good health because I take fitness very seriously. A good way to counteract diabetes is to be active. It requires taking care of your body and watching what you eat. Those aren’t bad things to have to do.”

A world traveler, Kevin was introduced to UP by his daughter—right before leaving for a trip to Paris with his wife. “My daughter gave me a Jawbone UP purposefully for our European trip.” He continues, “We did a week in Paris, five days in Venice and then another few days in Milan. We averaged 10 miles a day walking and I was thrilled that I brought my device to track our progress. It made for a nice celebration at the end of the day.”

We all know staying on track while traveling can be challenging, but Kevin reminds us that it doesn’t have to feel like work when you’re on vacation. “I love to get out and walk around in a city. There’s no better way of getting a feel for a city than walking around—up and down alleys and streets—and maybe finding an Irish pub here and there,” he adds with a laugh.

Whether it’s walking, working out at the YMCA or taking a spin class, Kevin finds empowerment with his UP band. “UP is a nice, self-satisfying device that empowers me to get out and do the things that I need to do to stay well,” he explains. “I became quickly enamored with the product and checking in on myself.” How does that empowerment manifest itself? “My band reminds me every day that I should be out there doing something,” he says with a smile. “I have a 9-month-old dog, and he and I walk anywhere from four to five miles every morning—I get a reminder of that through the UP App.”

Whether he’s in the office, with his family or engaging in more active pursuits, Kevin shares his motivation with those around him. “All of us need some empowerment and all of us do better when we are empowered. My management style is one of empowerment and I think that brings out the best in people. UP is a very empowering set of tools; it's a matter of taking advantage of all that it has to offer.”

Today, Kevin is certainly taking advantage of all the tools available to him. Since this interview, Kevin upgraded his UP24™ tracker to the latest UP3™ device. When asked about his new tracker, Kevin reports happily, “I wear my UP3 every day. It certainly is an upgrade over the UP24 I was using. As you know, the sleep monitoring is automatic, so that's a plus. Also, I pay attention to the heartbeat monitoring, and I'm more attuned to the Smart Coach tips and advice.”