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Using a Smartphone Application to Promote Healthy Dietary Behaviours and Local Food Consumption.

Gilliland J, Sadler R, Clark A, O'Connor C, Milczarek M, Doherty S - Biomed Res Int (2015)

Bottom Line: Logistical and content-based issues in the deployment of the messaging service were subsequently addressed to strengthen the effectiveness of the app in changing dietary behaviours.SmartAPPetite was effective at creating a sense of improved awareness and consumption of healthy foods, as well as drawing people to local food vendors with greater frequency.This work serves as a storehouse of methods and best practices for multidimensional local food-based smartphone interventions aimed at improving the "triple bottom line" of health, economy, and environment.

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Affiliation: Department of Geography, School of Health Studies, Department of Paediatrics Social Science Centre, The University of Western Ontario, 1151 Richmond Street, London, ON, Canada N6A 5C2.

ABSTRACT
Smartphone "apps" are a powerful tool for public health promotion, but unidimensional interventions have been ineffective at sustaining behavioural change. Various logistical issues exist in successful app development for health intervention programs and for sustaining behavioural change. This study reports on a smartphone application and messaging service, called "SmartAPPetite," which uses validated behaviour change techniques and a behavioural economic approach to "nudge" users into healthy dietary behaviours. To help gauge participation in and influence of the program, data were collected using an upfront food survey, message uptake tracking, experience sampling interviews, and a follow-up survey. Logistical and content-based issues in the deployment of the messaging service were subsequently addressed to strengthen the effectiveness of the app in changing dietary behaviours. Challenges included creating relevant food goal categories for participants, providing messaging appropriate to self-reported food literacy and ensuring continued participation in the program. SmartAPPetite was effective at creating a sense of improved awareness and consumption of healthy foods, as well as drawing people to local food vendors with greater frequency. This work serves as a storehouse of methods and best practices for multidimensional local food-based smartphone interventions aimed at improving the "triple bottom line" of health, economy, and environment.

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Daily URL visits to key components of the website.
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fig1: Daily URL visits to key components of the website.

Mentions: An examination of daily URL activity across the study period is shown in Figure 1, including the number of individual visitors to the site, total events achieved (tips, check-ins, likes, and outbound links), and total web page views. As expected, participation on the website increased on Saturdays (market days) and on days corresponding with raffle drawings for market coupons and other special notifications. Spikes in the daily page views on the site earlier in the study period (>400 on 6 occasions) likely reflect that new participants visited the site more frequently to familiarize themselves with the content. Thereafter, participation was mainly focused on specific tips, recipes, and vendor spotlights.


Using a Smartphone Application to Promote Healthy Dietary Behaviours and Local Food Consumption.

Gilliland J, Sadler R, Clark A, O'Connor C, Milczarek M, Doherty S - Biomed Res Int (2015)

Daily URL visits to key components of the website.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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fig1: Daily URL visits to key components of the website.
Mentions: An examination of daily URL activity across the study period is shown in Figure 1, including the number of individual visitors to the site, total events achieved (tips, check-ins, likes, and outbound links), and total web page views. As expected, participation on the website increased on Saturdays (market days) and on days corresponding with raffle drawings for market coupons and other special notifications. Spikes in the daily page views on the site earlier in the study period (>400 on 6 occasions) likely reflect that new participants visited the site more frequently to familiarize themselves with the content. Thereafter, participation was mainly focused on specific tips, recipes, and vendor spotlights.

Bottom Line: Logistical and content-based issues in the deployment of the messaging service were subsequently addressed to strengthen the effectiveness of the app in changing dietary behaviours.SmartAPPetite was effective at creating a sense of improved awareness and consumption of healthy foods, as well as drawing people to local food vendors with greater frequency.This work serves as a storehouse of methods and best practices for multidimensional local food-based smartphone interventions aimed at improving the "triple bottom line" of health, economy, and environment.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Geography, School of Health Studies, Department of Paediatrics Social Science Centre, The University of Western Ontario, 1151 Richmond Street, London, ON, Canada N6A 5C2.

ABSTRACT
Smartphone "apps" are a powerful tool for public health promotion, but unidimensional interventions have been ineffective at sustaining behavioural change. Various logistical issues exist in successful app development for health intervention programs and for sustaining behavioural change. This study reports on a smartphone application and messaging service, called "SmartAPPetite," which uses validated behaviour change techniques and a behavioural economic approach to "nudge" users into healthy dietary behaviours. To help gauge participation in and influence of the program, data were collected using an upfront food survey, message uptake tracking, experience sampling interviews, and a follow-up survey. Logistical and content-based issues in the deployment of the messaging service were subsequently addressed to strengthen the effectiveness of the app in changing dietary behaviours. Challenges included creating relevant food goal categories for participants, providing messaging appropriate to self-reported food literacy and ensuring continued participation in the program. SmartAPPetite was effective at creating a sense of improved awareness and consumption of healthy foods, as well as drawing people to local food vendors with greater frequency. This work serves as a storehouse of methods and best practices for multidimensional local food-based smartphone interventions aimed at improving the "triple bottom line" of health, economy, and environment.

No MeSH data available.