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The connecting health and technology study: a 6-month randomized controlled trial to improve nutrition behaviours using a mobile food record and text messaging support in young adults

Overview of attention for article published in International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, January 2016
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Title
The connecting health and technology study: a 6-month randomized controlled trial to improve nutrition behaviours using a mobile food record and text messaging support in young adults
Published in
International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, January 2016
DOI 10.1186/s12966-016-0376-8
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Deborah A. Kerr, Amelia J. Harray, Christina M. Pollard, Satvinder S. Dhaliwal, Edward J. Delp, Peter A. Howat, Mark R. Pickering, Ziad Ahmad, Xingqiong Meng, Iain S. Pratt, Janine L. Wright, Katherine R. Kerr, Carol J. Boushey, Kerr, Deborah A, Harray, Amelia J, Pollard, Christina M, Dhaliwal, Satvinder S, Delp, Edward J, Howat, Peter A, Pickering, Mark R, Ahmad, Ziad, Meng, Xingqiong, Pratt, Iain S, Wright, Janine L, Kerr, Katherine R, Boushey, Carol J, Kerr, D

Abstract

Early adulthood represents the transition to independent living which is a period when changes in diet and body weight are likely to occur. This presents an ideal time for health interventions to reduce the effect of health problems and risk factors for chronic disease in later life. As young adults are high users of mobile devices, interventions that use this technology may improve engagement. The Connecting Health and Technology study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of tailored dietary feedback and weekly text messaging to improve dietary intake of fruit, vegetables and junk food over 6 months among a population-based sample of men and women (aged 18-30 years). A three-arm, parallel, randomized control trial was conducted. After baseline assessments, participants were randomized to one of three groups: A) dietary feedback and weekly text messages, B) dietary feedback only or C) control group. Dietary intake was assessed using a mobile food record App (mFR) where participants captured images of foods and beverages consumed over 4-days at baseline and post-intervention. The primary outcomes were changes in serves of fruits, vegetables, energy-dense nutrient-poor (EDNP) foods and sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB). The intervention effects were assessed using linear mixed effect models for change in food group serves. Young adults (n = 247) were randomized to group A (n = 82), group B (n = 83), or group C (n = 82). Overall, no changes in food group serves for either intervention groups were observed. An unanticipated outcome was a mean weight reduction of 1.7 kg (P = .02) among the dietary feedback only. Men who received dietary feedback only, significantly reduced their serves of EDNP foods by a mean of 1.4 serves/day (P = .02). Women who received dietary feedback only significantly reduced their intake of SSB (P = .04) by an average of 0.2 serves/day compared with controls. Tailored dietary feedback only resulted in a decrease in EDNP foods in men and SSB in women, together with a reduction in body weight. Using a mobile food record for dietary assessment and tailored feedback has great potential for future health promotion interventions targeting diet and weight in young adults. Australian Clinical Trials Registry Registration number: ACTRN12612000250831 .

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Spain 1 <1%
Australia 1 <1%
United Kingdom 1 <1%
Unknown 196 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 44 22%
Student > Ph. D. Student 33 17%
Unspecified 29 15%
Student > Bachelor 24 12%
Researcher 20 10%
Other 49 25%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Unspecified 48 24%
Nursing and Health Professions 41 21%
Medicine and Dentistry 36 18%
Psychology 25 13%
Social Sciences 10 5%
Other 39 20%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 21. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 22 June 2019.
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#778,126
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Outputs from International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
#362
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#22,524
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Outputs of similar age from International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
#6
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