Evidence from the World Health Organisation points towards smaller portions of nutritious food being an extremely important part of an effective approach to tackling obesity, particularly in children.
In 2016, 26% of adults were classified as obese; and this trend is on the rise. One of the leading causes of obesity is an unhealthy diet, something we know stems from childhood behaviour.
Working in collaboration with Public Health Warwickshire and The Centre for Technology Enabled Health Research (CTEHR) part of Coventry University, Evolyst have developed Health Heroes. The first evidence-based app aimed at helping families to manage their portion sizes.
Health Heroes ensures families, more specifically children, eat a balanced diet, preventing the long-term effects of unhealthy eating. Evolyst developed Health Heroes as a mobile app using research drawn from health psychology experts and their knowledge into behavioural science.
Users can log their daily food intake and play the daily quiz to gain coins to progress further on the mini-game. Logging their food results in comparing their own balance wheel to the suggested balance wheel, giving users hints and tips on how to improve their overall diet.
Evolyst were the winners of an Innovate UK (IC Tomorrow) award to develop Health Heroes, with the support of The Jamie Oliver Media Group.
The project involved extensive research with parents with overweight children and utilises ground-breaking methods drawn from the fields of Health Psychology, User Centred Design (UCD), Gamification & Persuasive technologies.
The Centre for Technology Enabled Health Research (CTEHR) ran a trial to measure families awareness of their diet before and after using the app for three months. The outcomes were positive, with a majority of participants decreasing the size of their portions over the course of the trial.
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