Mobile text messaging solutions for obesity prevention

David Akopian, Varun Jayaram, Lakshmipathi Aaleswara, Moosa Esfahanian, Cynthia Mojica, Parra-Medina Deborah Parra-Medina, Sahak Kaghyan

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3 Scopus citations


Cellular telephony has become a bright example of co-evolution of human society and information technology. This trend has also been reflected in health care and health promotion projects which included cell phones in data collection and communication chain. While many successful projects have been realized, the review of phone-based data collection techniques reveals that the existing technologies do not completely address health promotion research needs. The paper presents approaches which close this gap by extending existing versatile platforms. The messaging systems are designed for a health-promotion research to prevent obesity and obesity-related health disparities among low-income Latino adolescent girls. Messaging and polling mechanisms are used to communicate and automatically process response data for the target constituency. Preliminary survey data provide an insight on phone availability and technology perception for the study group.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE-IS and T Electronic Imaging - Multimedia on Mobile Devices 2011; and Multimedia Content Access
Subtitle of host publicationAlgorithms and Systems V
StatePublished - 2011
EventMultimedia on Mobile Devices 2011; and Multimedia Content Access: Algorithms and Systems V - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Jan 25 2011Jan 26 2011

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


OtherMultimedia on Mobile Devices 2011; and Multimedia Content Access: Algorithms and Systems V
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA


  • Health disparities
  • Health promotion
  • Text messaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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