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Proceedings 2018, 2(19), 1208; https://doi.org/10.3390/proceedings2191208

Evitapp: Persuasive Application for Physical Activity and Smoking Cessation

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Department of Computer Science, Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción, Concepción 4090541, Chile
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Department of Computer Science, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago 7820436, Chile
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Faculty of Medicine, Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción, Concepción 4090541, Chile
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Faculty of Health Sciences, Universidad San Sebastián, Concepción 4080871, Chile
Presented at the 12th International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing and Ambient Intelligence (UCAmI 2018), Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, 4–7 December 2018.
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Published: 30 October 2018
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Abstract

The most important risk factors for cardiovascular health are smoking and a sedentary lifestyle. This paper proposes Evitapp, a mobile application designed to promote physical activity and smoking cessation. The application does not use additional tracking devices, rather relying on phone sensors to track physical activity, and on users logging their behavior. Nineteen users tested the application over 10 days. Participants found the applications easy to use and used them approximately once per day. Even though the habits of the experiment participants did not change significantly, those who used the smoking cessation application reported decreasing their smoking habit.
Keywords: persuasive technology, healthy lifestyle, sedentarism, smoking cessation persuasive technology, healthy lifestyle, sedentarism, smoking cessation
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Bascur, A.; Rossel, P.O.; Herskovic, V.; Martínez-Carrasco, C. Evitapp: Persuasive Application for Physical Activity and Smoking Cessation. Proceedings 2018, 2, 1208.

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