What is it about?

We looked at the current state of e- & mHealth research to improve physical activity and healthy diets. Although this field of research is expanding there are a number of gaps that need to be addressed: 1. Identify successful components of e- & mHealth interventions. 2. Conduct e- & mHealth research to impact physical activity and diet in underserved populations and in people from developing countries. 3. Describe interventions thouroughly to allow replication etc.

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Why is it important?

Modern information and communication technology is everywhere and using this technology to impact health behaviors seems useful because we can reach many people. This is important considering the strong increase in obesity, unhealthy diets and inactivity leading to chronic diseases. In our paper we show that technologies that everyone carries around can be used to encourage healthy behaviors.


This paper is a broad summary of the e- & mHealth research landscape specifically looking at how technology can be used to affect physical activity and diet. In my point of view it is clear that we can use technologies to bring about change in peoples behaviors but we need to make sue technologies are used in a wise manner.

Dr Andre Matthias Müller
National University of Singapore

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This page is a summary of: Past, Present, and Future of eHealth and mHealth Research to Improve Physical Activity and Dietary Behaviors, Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, March 2016, Elsevier,
DOI: 10.1016/j.jneb.2015.12.006.
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