Category Archives: innovation

Peakfoods: a new way to know local

Yesterday while browsing the vast knowledge networks of Quora I discovered a brilliant new site called peakfoods.  Shared in response to the question “Where can I find information about what produce is in season and where it is grown?“, peakfoods turns out to have a rad story behind its design.  First, what is it?

Peakfoods is a visual database of foods that are in season now where you live. 

The site automatically detects location. Access from an iPhone and it acts just like a mobile app. Mouse over or tap the food to explore nutrition info, populated by USDA data, and recipes, which you can archive.  Recipes can be filtered for low sodium, no gluten, diabetes, low carb and no nuts.

Peakfoods is yet another side project success story.  It is created by Pete Petrash and Rick Sharp as a part of HiDef Inc’s CauseLabs Program, a platform for employees to try out new ideas with the potential for positive impact.

HiDef’s CauseLabs allows HiDef staff to champion social technology innovations from the inside out. Following a rigorous process, ideas receive votes, teams form, and the best products launch for social impact. The result? We keep our skills sharpened while producing valuable solutions for social needs.

We see such creative outcroppings frequently these days in the form of Google’s 20% time (responsible for gmail) and 3M’s 15% time.   Perhaps peakfoods will be the side project that inspires you to take action on your ideas.  Either way, this useful Farm to Table resource is an exciting find.  Let us know what you think and share your favorite local food hacks in the comments.

Scientists Gamify Mapping the Brain

In 2011 the game foldit enabled the masses to solve scientific mysteries by discovering the structure of proteins.  Gamers solved an HIV enzyme riddle that had confounded scientists for a decade — in three weeks.  There’s a new science game in town, this time focused on understanding the human mind. “Have you ever wondered why every person…Continue Reading

A cure for MS?

Dr. Terry Wahls, a Professor at the University of Iowa College, suffers from MS. In 2007 she was contrained to a chair and could barely walk twenty feet even with two crutches. Two years later she was able to ride 18 miles on her bike and her MS had all but disappeared. How? She completely changed the way she eats.Continue Reading

Behind the Scenes @healthsterling

This blog showcases what we think are the greatest ideas in health from conferences to tech revolutions to bioanimation. Today I invite you to take a quick peek at our philosophy plus an inside glance at some of the projects currently underway with Sterling Health. “I like your site..what is it that you do?” Our #1 FAQ.  Sterling Health builds…Continue Reading

BioDigital Human

Welcome to BioDigital Human, a remarkable project that NYU researchers presented and demonstrated at TEDMED.  As described by its founders, BioDigital Human is made such that Anatomical landmarks are paired with embedded education, instructive and training information.  BioDigital Human is the most intuitive way to organize and navigate medical information. Check out the video below.…Continue Reading


How would you create the future of health? One approach is to gather 1,500 of the brightest game changers in one location for an epic four day event known as TEDMED. This extraordinary conference is like stepping into an alternate reality. Mingle in the social space among chief innovation officers of giants such as Philips,…Continue Reading

Introducing Healthy Huntsville

We’re thrilled to announce a web tool that rewards you for living well.  Introducing Healthy Huntsville + DailyFeats. DailyFeats is a web and mobile platform that allows you to check-in positive behavior, get points and earn rewards that raise money for charity.  And it’s all free. DailyFeats helps you appreciate the positive actions you do each…Continue Reading

TED 2012: Full Spectrum

TED 2012 begins one week from today (yes!!!!).  Big thinkers from around the world converge in Long Beach to experience brilliant ideas and caliber conversations. Our Creative Director, Amy Robinson, host of TEDxHuntsville and curator of the TEDx Global Music Project, will represent Sterling Health at TED. Stay tuned for a post-TED wrap up on  For…Continue Reading

Healthy Huntsville 2012

Being healthy is not easy.  It takes work.  Eating well, exercising, managing stress  and remaining curious are learned habits that are easier when you have a community encouraging you.   With this in mind, we are proud to introduce Healthy Huntsville, the gamified, crowd-sourced, community health initiative brought you as a collaboration between HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology and Sterling…Continue Reading