6th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare

Research Article

Designing Mobile Snack Application for Low Socioeconomic Status Families

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/icst.pervasivehealth.2012.248692,
        author={Danish Khan and Swamy Ananthanarayan and An Le and Christopher Schaefbauer and Katie Siek},
        title={Designing Mobile Snack Application for Low Socioeconomic Status Families},
        proceedings={6th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare},
        publisher={IEEE},
        proceedings_a={PERVASIVEHEALTH},
        year={2012},
        month={7},
        keywords={design low socioeconomic status population mobile application snacking},
        doi={10.4108/icst.pervasivehealth.2012.248692}
    }
    
  • Danish Khan
    Swamy Ananthanarayan
    An Le
    Christopher Schaefbauer
    Katie Siek
    Year: 2012
    Designing Mobile Snack Application for Low Socioeconomic Status Families
    PERVASIVEHEALTH
    ICST
    DOI: 10.4108/icst.pervasivehealth.2012.248692
Danish Khan1,*, Swamy Ananthanarayan1, An Le1, Christopher Schaefbauer1, Katie Siek1
  • 1: University of Colorado Boulder
*Contact email: khand@colorado.edu

Abstract

We developed four mobile phone prototype applications informed by theoretical models of behavior change to improve the snacking habits of low socioeconomic status (SES) families. Eight primary caregivers and 18 secondary caregivers from low SES backgrounds used the applications to evaluate their usability and usefulness. We found a schism between primary and secondary caregivers regarding whether the applications should be based on games, indicating a need to reconcile these differences to develop a system to support healthy family snacking. In addition, social context, understandable health abstractions, and sensitivity to health values are all important considerations when creating applications in a low SES context. This research contributes design implications for future applications intended to improve snacking habits in low SES families.