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Teens and young adults from low-income backgrounds are disproportionately affected by obesity. iN Touch examined how collecting ODLs using a mobile app for the iPod Touch impacted low-income teens and young adults who were managing obesity. The project utilized apps and other emerging technologies that are popular among young people to make monitoring ODLs – such as physical activity, food intake, socialization and mood – more convenient. In addition, the technology allowed participants to easily share the data with their health coaches and clinical care teams in order to help set health goals, track their progress and ultimately improve their health.
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“We hope the patients will embrace this new mobile application to capture information relevant to their health goals. This will put the control of health decisions in the hands of the patient and extend the support of the clinicians beyond the clinic’s boundaries.”
Katherine Kim, M.P.H., MBA, Co-Principal Investigator
San Francisco State University