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HyperFit: Hybrid Media in Personal Nutrition and Exercise Management

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HyperFit is a tool that promotes and supports independent weight management. The HyperFit system and the results of the field trial are presented in this slideshow.

HyperFit is a tool that promotes and supports independent weight management. The HyperFit system and the results of the field trial are presented in this slideshow.

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    HyperFit: Hybrid Media in Personal Nutrition and Exercise Management HyperFit: Hybrid Media in Personal Nutrition and Exercise Management Presentation Transcript

    • HyperFit: Hybrid Media in Personal Nutrition and Exercise Management Authors: Paula Järvinen, Timo H. Järvinen, Liisa Lähteenmäki, Caj Södergård Pervasive Health 2008 Conference January 31,2008 Timo.H.Jarvinen@vtt.fi
    • VTT TECHNICAL RESEARCH CENTRE OF FINLAND Background •Increasing overweight and lack of exercise are growing problems in most modern societies •HyperFit is a tool that promotes and supports independent weight management •HyperFit was developed in a two-year research project in co-operation between VTT, University of Kuopio and Helsinki School of Economics •The project was funded by: Tekes, Beneway, Elisa, Finnish Hearth Association, Finnish Federation of the Visually Impaired, Raisio, Tuulia International and Valio January 31, 2008 2
    • VTT TECHNICAL RESEARCH CENTRE OF FINLAND Hybrid Media • Hybrid media means the combination of printed and electronic media • The best-known hybrid media application is barcode reading with a camera phone • HyperFit is a hybrid media application: 1. Read barcode from the food casing with a camera phone (Nokia 6630) 2. See food information on the web browser 3. Press the button to add the product to the food diary January 31, 2008 3
    • VTT TECHNICAL RESEARCH CENTRE OF FINLAND HyperFit can be used with two devices •Mobile phone –primarily for quick and easy food and exercise diary data input (including barcode scanning and automatic data transfer from a heart rate monitor) •PC –the application is focused on counseling, representing summary information and analysis => With both devices, HyperFit can be used with a web browser January 31, 2008 4
    • VTT TECHNICAL RESEARCH CENTRE OF FINLAND Included services • Tools for setting dietary and exercise targets • Favorites list: • Food and exercise diaries • Daily and weekly summaries and analyses of the nutrition and exercise balance and the nutritional quality of the diet • Self evaluation tools for testing weight management needs, eating and exercise habits • Body mass index (BMI) calculator, energy calculator, and exercise calculator • A food compiler tool for combining food items and composite dishes • Virtual trainer gives personal feedback and encouragement January 31, 2008 5
    • VTT TECHNICAL RESEARCH CENTRE OF FINLAND January 31, 2008 6
    • VTT TECHNICAL RESEARCH CENTRE OF FINLAND Field Trials •User expectations, experiences, interest in different parts of the service and willingness to pay for the service were measured •Four trials 1-2: individual end users interested in weight management (97 users) 3: professional nutritional counseling (9 nutritionists) 4: weight management groups (5 groups with instructors, 39 group members) January 31, 2008 7
    • VTT TECHNICAL RESEARCH CENTRE OF FINLAND Field Trials 1-2: Individual end users •The individual users were allowed to try out the system as part of their everyday practices for two weeks •They either had both mobile and PC applications or only the PC application •The results were overall positive: •The wide and detailed information represented in an easy format was appreciated •The most useful features were the food and exercise diaries with the summaries and analyses and product information •Feedback from the virtual trainer was considered positive •The mobile application gave extra value to the service •Reading the barcodes with the camera phone was seen as an easy way to enter foods January 31, 2008 8
    • VTT TECHNICAL RESEARCH CENTRE OF FINLAND Field Trials 1-2: Two types of users were found 1. Those who were interested in nutrition and found the service informative and useful 2. Those who wanted something that could be less precise but more effortless to use January 31, 2008 9
    • VTT TECHNICAL RESEARCH CENTRE OF FINLAND Field Trial 3: Professional nutritional counseling •The professional nutritionists used the HyperFit PC application three weeks either themselves or with their patients •Results: •The impression of the system was positive and it was regarded as a useful tool in nutritional counseling •HyperFit was considered clear, easy to use and comprehensive •The most used feature was the food diary •Also the tests concerning food and exercise habits were frequently used •The professional content and clear graphics were especially appreciated January 31, 2008 10
    • VTT TECHNICAL RESEARCH CENTRE OF FINLAND Field Trial 4: Weight management groups •The group members were given tasks that involved keeping food and exercise diaries for 23 days •Results: •The impression of the HyperFit system for both group members and the instructors was positive •HyperFit was regarded as an interesting and beneficial system •HyperFit was considered a useful tool both in group meetings and outside the meetings to motivate the group members January 31, 2008 11
    • VTT TECHNICAL RESEARCH CENTRE OF FINLAND Conclusions •HyperFit is a feasible tool for promoting weight and physical activity management •Use of hybrid media seems to give extra value to the service since those who used the service with both mobile and PC interfaces were more positive about the service January 31, 2008 12
    • VTT TECHNICAL RESEARCH CENTRE OF FINLAND HyperFit in the future •Commercialization is on the way •Patent has been applied •Challenges: •Barcode reading •Food information January 31, 2008 13
    • VTT TECHNICAL RESEARCH CENTRE OF FINLAND Thank you! •More information: http://www.vtt.fi/hyperfit January 31, 2008 14