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At current, Smartphone “apps” are a powerful tool for promoting public health, 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.
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.
Well this 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. And many so.
In my knowledge, there are many apps to help you be at your best in the kitchen. Read on to learn about some of our favorites. You will hard-pressed to choose just one cooking and recipe app. For breadth of recipe selections, you’ll want a search-engine style app — get access to thousands and thousands of recipes.
These are essentially websites scaled down to fit your iPod or iPhone screen. Some do include extras such as one-touch shopping list creation, but you’re getting straight recipes, not detailed instruction. Search-engine style apps tend to be free or very cheap, so there’s no reason not to snap up a couple of these.
The other type of app you’ll find is “curated” apps, created specifically for the iDevices. These generally have dozens rather than thousands of recipes. Well, there are many android app but they include in-depth instructions, pictures, videos and other features.
Curated apps tend to be more costly, but if you want the features and the guidance, you’ll find it money well spent. Especially if you have a favorite celebrity chef — many of them have their own cooking apps, which fans are sure to enjoy.
Another interested dishy app, this is super-slick curated app takes full advantage of the iPhone/iPod format. Dishy is designed to help you plan a multi-course meal with 105 recipes from which to choose.
Browse by ingredients, diet, or cooking time. Pick a recipe and a shopping list is automatically created for you. You will be guided through the cooking process into easy-to-follow steps.
Well if you have any special tools you need will be listed. In-app timers and timing charts help you time each part of the meal. Select serving size, American or British English, and units of measure from around the world. A major update, including a celebrity chef, thank you.
Try to work with a local chef to spark new ideas!