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Mobile text messaging solutions for obesity prevention
Author(s): David Akopian; Varun Jayaram; Lakshmipathi Aaleswara; Moosa Esfahanian; Cynthia Mojica; Deborah Parra-Medina; Sahak Kaghyan
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Paper Abstract

Cellular telephony has become a bright example of co-evolution of human society and information technology. This trend has also been reflected in health care and health promotion projects which included cell phones in data collection and communication chain. While many successful projects have been realized, the review of phone-based data collection techniques reveals that the existing technologies do not completely address health promotion research needs. The paper presents approaches which close this gap by extending existing versatile platforms. The messaging systems are designed for a health-promotion research to prevent obesity and obesity-related health disparities among low-income Latino adolescent girls. Messaging and polling mechanisms are used to communicate and automatically process response data for the target constituency. Preliminary survey data provide an insight on phone availability and technology perception for the study group.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 February 2011
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 7881, Multimedia on Mobile Devices 2011; and Multimedia Content Access: Algorithms and Systems V, 788104 (11 February 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.871882
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David Akopian, The Univ. of Texas at San Antonio (United States)
Varun Jayaram, The Univ. of Texas at San Antonio (United States)
Lakshmipathi Aaleswara, The Univ. of Texas at San Antonio (United States)
Moosa Esfahanian, The Univ. of Texas at San Antonio (United States)
Cynthia Mojica, The Univ. of Texas Health Science Ctr. at San Antonio (United States)
Deborah Parra-Medina, The Univ. of Texas Health Science Ctr. at San Antonio (United States)
Sahak Kaghyan, Yerevan State Univ. (Armenia)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7881:
Multimedia on Mobile Devices 2011; and Multimedia Content Access: Algorithms and Systems V
David Akopian; Reiner Creutzburg; Cees G. M. Snoek; Nicu Sebe; Lyndon Kennedy, Editor(s)

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