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SmartAPPetite Study Featured in Local Media

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Results from the first SmartAPPetite project intervention study were featured in the London Free Press  and on CBC Radio’s Ontario Morning.  The original article titled “Using a Smartphone Application to Promote Healthy Dietary Behaviours and Local Food Consumption” was recently published in a special issue on “Behaviour Change in Public Health” in the peer-reviewed journal BioMed Research International.  The results of the intervention study revealed that 80% of participants believed that they benefitted in some way from using the app, including improving their food purchasing, eating habits, food knowledge, and/or health.   After the intervention, which ran for 8-10 weeks, SmartAPPetite users registered a decrease in the consumption of sugary drinks, fast food and pre-packaged meals, and an increase in consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables.  The SmartAPPetite team is working to expand the project to reach a wider population of users across Canada.  Listen to Dr Gilliland speaking on CBC here: