ERIC Number: EJ1091223
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Capitalizing on Mobile Technology to Support Healthy Eating in Ethnic Minority College Students
Rodgers, Rachel F.; Pernal, Wendy; Matsumoto, Atsushi; Shiyko, Mariya; Intille, Stephen; Franko, Debra L.
Journal of American College Health, v64 n2 p125-132 2016
Objective: To evaluate the capacity of a mobile technology-based intervention to support healthy eating among ethnic minority female students. Participants: Forty-three African American and Hispanic female students participated in a 3-week intervention between January and May 2013. Methods: Participants photographed their meals using their smart phone camera and received motivational text messages 3 times a day. At baseline, postintervention, and 10 weeks after the intervention, participants reported on fruit, vegetable, and sugar-sweetened beverage consumption. Participants were also weighed at baseline. Results: Among participants with body mass index (BMI) =25, fruit and vegetable consumption increased with time (p < 0.01). Among participants with BMI <21, consumption of fruit decreased (p < 0.05), whereas the consumption of vegetables remained stable. No effects were found for sugar-sweetened beverage consumption. Conclusion: Mobile technology-based interventions could facilitate healthy eating among female ethnic minority college students, particularly those with higher BMI.
Descriptors: Telecommunications, Handheld Devices, Intervention, Technology Uses in Education, Health Promotion, Eating Habits, Females, African American Students, Hispanic American Students, Photography, Computer Mediated Communication, Food, Body Weight, Body Composition, College Students, Program Effectiveness, Statistical Analysis, Surveys, Eating Disorders, Measures (Individuals)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Eating Disorder Inventory
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