The Dot Aotearoa Project


The Dot Aotearoa Project

In proud association with theTed and Mollie Carr Endowment Trust & Estate of Ernest Hyam Davis.


In October 2017 I was very kindly encouraged (Thank you Kirsten Taylor - Perpetual Guardian Trust) to apply for a project grant for our Trust ~ The DOT Aotearoa Charitable Trust, which is a trust committed to addressing metabolic related diseases in Maori (I am Maori), Pacific Island (Our cousins) and the less unfortunate.

The project grant was from the Ted and Mollie Carr Endowment Trust & Estate of Ernest Hyam Davis and with the deepest gratitude I thank them for their contribution to this project, without them, none of this would be possible.

We are excited about this opportunity and what this could enable for the future of the DOT Aotearoa Charitable Trust, and it’s mission to serve a segment of New Zealanders that face an uncertain future due to preventable chronic disease. Something we believe that supported by credible evidence could provide a preventive pathway with a national health problem of epidemic proportions.

This generous contribution will enable us to build credible proof points that support our notion that an evidence-based, behaviour change intervention is a powerful mechanism for improved health outcomes.

Thanks again for the support, we are excited about what this project could do for kiwis!

Jay & the team.

The problem

“A new OECD ‘obesity update’ shows that nearly one-in-three Kiwis is obese and the only fatter nations are the United States and Mexico. New Zealand has been in third place since at least 2007, but then 26.5 per cent of adults were obese. Now, that rate has crept up to 30.7 per cent.”

"Social inequalities in overweight and obese are strong, especially among women," the OECD report said.

"In about half of the eight countries for which data is available, less-educated women are two to three times more likely to be overweight than those with higher level of education.”

"The Ministry of Health statistics - which are more recent than the OECD ones - state almost one in three people aged 15 or over were obese.”

"A tsunami of diabetes is on it's way. If 30 per cent of the world's population has diabetes, that will make every health economy in the world bankrupt."

“The cost to the New Zealand health system is in excess of $1.7 billion per year”

The project purpose

Establish a philanthropic pilot project, designed to help disadvantaged individuals suffering from metabolic syndrome-related disease (obesity, pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes).

The primary objective of this pilot is to develop initial data points that support using an evidence-based nutrition and behaviour change intervention as both a powerful mechanism for improved health outcomes in our target demographic as well as being an economically feasible solution for the national health system. 

The broader, long-term vision is to use this pilot as a foundation and data point to assist our mission to unlock partnerships, further funding and government support in our mission to use evidence-based nutrition and behaviour change as a solution to treating and preventing metabolic syndrome-related diseases. 

The project highlights
1. A 12-week facilitated health programme working with 40-50 at-risk individuals.

2. Delivered by a team of experienced medical and health professionals.

3. The programme utilises evidence-based nutrition and behaviour change protocols.

4. The programme incorporates an intensive biomarker assessment programme (C-reactive protein, fasting insulin, lipids panel)

5. The programme is monitored using the digital health and analytics platform, BioScore.

The project inspiration

Virta Health, a San Francisco based health startup recently received an investment of USD $37m to help grow their digital therapeutics business, which uses a similar model to the one we are proposing in our pilot project. 

Virta is committed to reversing type 2 diabetes without medications or surgery — something the company hopes it has proven out by working with 6,000 patients so far and a team of doctors who’ve published over 300 scientific papers. 

In a recent study, a 10-week clinical intervention, patients of Virta achieved some impressive health outcomes.
A snapshot of their results;
 “Initial clinical outcomes highlight that symptoms can be vastly reduced or eliminated.”

Project format

The project subjects will be guided by our team of experienced medical and health professionals on 12-week, evidence-based, nutrition and behaviour change protocol.

Phase 1: Recruitment

Project participants = 40 participants.
Aged 18 - 70 years old, female/male split.

Phase 2: Testing
Subjects will complete a series of biomarkers to establish a baseline health status.

Phase 3: Baseline Results
Results will be loaded into the BioScore health analytics platform to provide insights, feedback and health tracking tools for the subjects, coaching and medical staff

The project protocol

The subjects will have access to all of the tools and support resources required to achieve meaningful health outcomes. 

The subjects will get access to the following;
1. Full access to the Recal health platform which includes; The nutrition protocol, behaviour change protocol and specific supporting content.
2. Personalised meal plans and shopping lists.
3. Full access to the BioScore health analytics platform; Access to a personal health dashboard Progress tracking. Wearable integration.
4. Online health coaching. One-on-one coaching sessions with a personal health coach.
5. A weekly group coaching and check-in session. 
6. Access to personal health kits;
- A FitBit wearable device.
- Support and guidance from our support team. 

The health outcomes
The primary focus of this project is to help the subjects achieve significant improvements across all facets of health.

The biomarker testing format includes the following assessments;
1. A comprehensive lifestyle assessment
2. Biometrics - (3D Body Scans, Body Composition using a Proprietary DXA correlated body fat percentage algorithm, as well as fat mass and lean mass breakdowns, waist-to-hip-ratio, blood pressure, BMI, resting heart rate, lung function, body shape wellness scoring with cloud reporting)
3. Biochemistry - Cholesterol, triglycerides, C-reactive protein, fasting insulin, lipids panel, Liver function
4. Biomechanics - Posture analysis, functional movement video analysis
5. Psychology - Stress, anxiety, depression, happiness assessments.

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A 12-week pilot project designed to individuals suffering from metabolic syndrome-related disease.
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