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Promotion of Healthy Nutrition and Physical Activity Lifestyles for Teenagers: A Systematic Literature Review of The Current Methodologies

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Faculty of Health Sciences, Universidade da Beira Interior, 6200-506 Covilhã, Portugal
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Instituto de Telecomunicações, Universidade da Beira Interior, 6200-001 Covilhã, Portugal
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Polytechnic Institute of Viseu, 3504-510 Viseu, Portugal
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Hospital Center of Cova da Beira, 6200-251 Covilhã, Portugal
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Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering, University Ss Cyril and Methodius, 1000 Skopje, North Macedonia
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Department of Computer Technology, Universidad de Alicante, P.O. Box 99, E-03080 Alicante, Spain
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J. Pers. Med. 2020, 10(1), 12; https://doi.org/10.3390/jpm10010012 (registering DOI)
Received: 17 January 2020 / Revised: 12 February 2020 / Accepted: 25 February 2020 / Published: 1 March 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Personalized Medicine in Clinical Practice)
Amid obesity problems in the young population and apparent trends of spending a significant amount of time in a stationary position, promoting healthy nutrition and physical activities to teenagers is becoming increasingly important. It can rely on different methodologies, including a paper diary and mobile applications. However, the widespread use of mobile applications by teenagers suggests that they could be a more suitable tool for this purpose. This paper reviews the methodologies for promoting physical activities to healthy teenagers explored in different studies, excluding the analysis of different diseases. We found only nine studies working with teenagers and mobile applications to promote active lifestyles, including the focus on nutrition and physical activity. Studies report using different techniques to captivate the teenagers, including questionnaires and gamification techniques. We identified the common features used in different studies, which are: paper diary, diet diary, exercise diary, notifications, diet plan, physical activity registration, gamification, smoking cessation, pictures, game, and SMS, among others. View Full-Text
Keywords: diet; nutrition; physical activity; education; methods; teenagers; healthy lifestyles; gamification; health; mobile devices diet; nutrition; physical activity; education; methods; teenagers; healthy lifestyles; gamification; health; mobile devices
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Villasana, M.V.; Pires, I.M.; Sá, J.; Garcia, N.M.; Zdravevski, E.; Chorbev, I.; Lameski, P.; Flórez-Revuelta, F. Promotion of Healthy Nutrition and Physical Activity Lifestyles for Teenagers: A Systematic Literature Review of The Current Methodologies. J. Pers. Med. 2020, 10, 12.

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