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The FutureMe Mobile Health Intervention

A new paper from our group and together with colleagues from across the University of St.Gallen and ETH Zurich has been published in the July 2022 issue of the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

Abstract: In the paper, we aimed to investigate the impact of a future-self avatar mHealth intervention on physical activity and food purchasing behavior and examine the feasibility of a novel automated nutrition tracking system. We also aimed to understand how this intervention impacts related attitudinal and motivational constructs. We recruited 167 participants, and 95 eligible participants were randomized into either the intervention (n=42) or control group (n=53). The FutureMe intervention led to small statistically insignificant increases in physical activity (median +242 steps/day) and small insignificant improvements in the nutritional quality of food purchases (median −1.28 British Food Standards Agency Nutrient Profiling System Dietary Index points) at the end of the intervention. Intrinsic motivation significantly increased (P=.03) in the FutureMe group, but decreased in the control group. Outcome expectancy directionally increased in the FutureMe group, but decreased in the control group. Leveraging loyalty card data to track the nutritional quality of food purchases was found to be a feasible and accepted fully automated nutrition tracking system.

Link to the full paper on Alexandria and on JMIR

Author: Simon Mayer

Date: 15. July 2022