Crowd saucing: social technology for encouraging healthier eating

Linehan, C., Leeman, T., Borrowdale, C. and Lawson, S. (2013) Crowd saucing: social technology for encouraging healthier eating. Interactions, 20 (1). pp. 53-57. ISSN 1072-5520

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Health organizations worldwide have published healthy-eating guidelines, attempting to educate people on what constitutes a healthy diet, and promoted the benefits of healthier eating. Researchers have also realized that the social media technology can play a key role in promoting such healthier eating habits. The 5 A Day for Better Health initiative in the US and the Change4Life program in the UK are well-known examples of this approach. Evidence suggest that these programs have successfully these programs have successfully improved people's ability to discriminate healthy from non-healthy foods, and raised awareness of the importance of maintaining a healthier diet. Social technology has been identified as a particularly useful and interesting context in which to facilitate behavioral interventions.

Keywords:Behavioral interventions, Eating habits, Health organizations, Healthy diet, Social media, Social technologies, Human computer interaction, Nutrition
Subjects:G Mathematical and Computer Sciences > G440 Human-computer Interaction
Divisions:College of Science > School of Computer Science
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Deposited On:23 Aug 2013 09:19

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