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2011 (Vol. 3, Issue: 09)
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Development of Mobile-Accessible Nutritional System to Improve Healthy Food Choices

Vladislav Vintsarevich, Gitesh Raikundalia, Michael Mathai, Andrew McAinch, Carla Battaglia and Steven Pereira
Corresponding Author:  Gitesh Raikundalia 

Key words:  Diabetes, hypertension, mobile access, nutritional database, , ,
Vol. 3 , (09): 1034-1047
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2011 April, 20 2011 July, 18 2011 September, 20
Abstract:

The aim of the authors was to develop a Web-based mobile system providing useful nutritional advice to consumers. This system encourages healthier food habits for sufferers of hypertension or diabetes. In the modern day society, the issues of globalisation, consumers’ choice and other recently introduced phenomena such as the Internet and the mobile phone are becoming more prominent. Making a decision to buy a product, in the present, can be rather a challenge for many consumers. This can mean that consumers eat foods such as breads, breakfast cereals and biscuit products that they know little about. In this paper, the authors developed software aimed at helping hypertensive and diabetic patients to improve their overall wellbeing. The health of the sufferers of these ailments can usually be improved by healthy diets. After the development of the system, a usability experiment involving interviews with the participants was conducted. Based on the analysis of the feedback a number of relevant findings arose, such as some participants suggested that the system was useful for monitoring their diets. However, few participants were prepared to change their shopping behaviours due to some issues like lack of consumer products in the nutritional database, which need to be addressed in the future work on the system.
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Vladislav Vintsarevich, Gitesh Raikundalia, Michael Mathai, Andrew McAinch, Carla Battaglia and Steven Pereira, 2011. Development of Mobile-Accessible Nutritional System to Improve Healthy Food Choices.  Research Journal of Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology, 3(09): 1034-1047.
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