Designing mobile snack application for low socioeconomic status families

Danish U. Khan, Swamy Ananthanarayan, An T. Le, Christopher L. Schaefbauer, Katie A. Siek

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We developed four mobile phone prototype applications informed by theoretical models of behavior change to improve the snacking habits of low socioeconomic status (SES) families. Eight primary caregivers and 18 secondary caregivers from low SES backgrounds used the applications to evaluate their usability and usefulness. We found a schism between primary and secondary caregivers regarding whether the applications should be based on games, indicating a need to reconcile these differences to develop a system to support healthy family snacking. In addition, social context, understandable health abstractions, and sensitivity to health values are all important considerations when creating applications in a low SES context. This research contributes design implications for future applications intended to improve snacking habits in low SES families.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2012 6th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare and Workshops, PervasiveHealth 2012
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781936968435
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare 2012 - San Diego, United States of America
Duration: 21 May 201224 May 2012
Conference number: 6th (Proceedings)


ConferenceInternational Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare 2012
Abbreviated titlePervasiveHealth 2012
Country/TerritoryUnited States of America
CitySan Diego
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