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Development and functionality of a handheld computer program to improve fruit and vegetable intake among low-income youth.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22949499     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Mobile technologies hold promise for improving diet and physical activity, but little attention is given to creating programs that adolescents like and will use. This study developed a personal digital assistant (PDA) program to promote increased intake of fruits and vegetables (FV) in predominately low-income, ethnic minority girls. This study used a three-phase community-engaged process, including (i) engagement of a Student Advisory Board (SAB) to determine comfort with PDAs; (ii) early testing of Prototype I and rapid re-design by the SAB and (iii) feasibility testing of Prototype II in a new sample of girls. Phase 1 results showed that girls were comfortable with the PDA. Testing of Prototype I in Phase 2 showed that acceptability was mixed, with girls responding to 47.3% of the prompts. Girls wanted more reminders, accountability in monitoring FV, help in meeting daily goals and free music downloads based on program use. The PDA was reprogrammed and testing of Prototype II in Phase 3 demonstrated marked improvement in use (78.3%), increases in FV intake (1.8 ± 2.6 daily servings) and good overall satisfaction. Findings suggest that mobile technology designed with the early input of youth is a promising way to improve adolescent health behaviors.
Authors:
Nicole L Nollen; Tresza Hutcheson; Susan Carlson; Michael Rapoff; Kathy Goggin; Carlene Mayfield; Edward Ellerbeck
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural     Date:  2012-09-04
Journal Detail:
Title:  Health education research     Volume:  28     ISSN:  1465-3648     ISO Abbreviation:  Health Educ Res     Publication Date:  2013 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-03-13     Completed Date:  2013-12-23     Revised Date:  2014-04-01    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8608459     Medline TA:  Health Educ Res     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  249-64     Citation Subset:  T    
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adolescent
Child
Computers, Handheld*
Diet / methods*,  psychology
Female
Fruit
Health Behavior
Health Education / methods
Health Promotion / methods
Humans
Mobile Applications*
Vegetables
Grant Support
ID/Acronym/Agency:
K12 HD052027/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; K12 HD052027/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; K23 HL090496/HL/NHLBI NIH HHS; P30 CA006927/CA/NCI NIH HHS
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