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Health Promotion for Childhood Obesity: An Approach Based on Self-Tracking of Data

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Grupo GRIAL, Instituto Universitario de Ciencias de la Educación, Universidad de Salamanca; Paseo de Canalejas, 169, 37008 Salamanca, Spain
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Grupo ITED, Computer Engineering and Systems Department, Universidad de La Laguna; Avda. Astrofísico Sánchez s/n, Physics and Mathematics Building, La Laguna, 38204 Tenerife, Spain
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Sensors 2020, 20(13), 3778; https://doi.org/10.3390/s20133778
Received: 12 June 2020 / Revised: 25 June 2020 / Accepted: 3 July 2020 / Published: 6 July 2020
At present, obesity and overweight are a global health epidemic. Traditional interventions for promoting healthy habits do not appear to be effective. However, emerging technological solutions based on wearables and mobile devices can be useful in promoting healthy habits. These applications generate a considerable amount of tracked activity data. Consequently, our approach is based on the quantified-self model for recommending healthy activities. Gamification can also be used as a mechanism to enhance personalization, increasing user motivation. This paper describes the quantified-self model and its data sources, the activity recommender system, and the PROVITAO App user experience model. Furthermore, it presents the results of a gamified program applied for three years in children with obesity and the process of evaluating the quantified-self model with experts. Positive outcomes were obtained in children’s medical parameters and health habits. View Full-Text
Keywords: child obesity; physical activity; user model; recommender system; UX; QS child obesity; physical activity; user model; recommender system; UX; QS
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Gómez-del-Río, N.; González-González, C.S.; Toledo-Delgado, P.A.; Muñoz-Cruz, V.; García-Peñalvo, F. Health Promotion for Childhood Obesity: An Approach Based on Self-Tracking of Data. Sensors 2020, 20, 3778. https://doi.org/10.3390/s20133778

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Gómez-del-Río N, González-González CS, Toledo-Delgado PA, Muñoz-Cruz V, García-Peñalvo F. Health Promotion for Childhood Obesity: An Approach Based on Self-Tracking of Data. Sensors. 2020; 20(13):3778. https://doi.org/10.3390/s20133778

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Gómez-del-Río, Nazaret, Carina S. González-González, Pedro A. Toledo-Delgado, Vanesa Muñoz-Cruz, and Francisco García-Peñalvo. 2020. "Health Promotion for Childhood Obesity: An Approach Based on Self-Tracking of Data" Sensors 20, no. 13: 3778. https://doi.org/10.3390/s20133778

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