Active2Gether - Encouraging Physical Activity Among Adolescents

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has title::Active2Gether - Encouraging Physical Activity Among Adolescents
status: ongoing
Master: project within::Human Ambience
Student name: student name::Julienka Mollee
Dates
Start start date:=2012/07/01
End end date:=2012/12/01
Supervision
Supervisor: Natalie van der Wal
Thesis: has thesis::Media:Thesis_Julienka_Mollee.pdf
Poster: has poster::Media:Poster_Julienka_Mollee.pdf

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Abstract

During young adulthood, the extent of engagement in physical activity decreases rapidly. In the Netherlands, approximately 50% of the adolescents do not meet the standards for physical activity, and one out of six is obese. Since physical inactivity is strongly related with health risks of diabetes and cardiovascular disease, it is essential to encourage people in this critical age to adopt a more active lifestyle. Modern technology provides an important means to offer tailored support, but existing applications do not incorporate theories of behaviour change in their design, and might thus be missing out on ways to improve their effectiveness.

An important part of behaviour-change theories are concerned with breaking old habits and forming new habits. Since many health-related behaviours are triggered by cues from the environment, an important aspect of encouraging people to engage in sufficient physical activity is to influence their habitual behaviour. Therefore, as part of my master's thesis, we aim to create a model of adherence to healthy behaviour, that is able to reason over time and thus forecast possible undesired actions. This model will be based on the COMBI model from the eMate project, which is a computational model of behaviour change, based on several well-established psychological theories.

In addition, in order to gain insight in the state-of-the art regarding interventions to encourage physical activity, the supply of physical-activity related apps in the iTunes app store and Google Play store will be evaluated. Based on certain selection criteria, a set of apps will be selected for detailed reviewing, where the main research question will be to what extent the existing apps are based on theory.

The interdisciplinary research project Active2Gether is a combined effort of the Agent Systems group and the EMGO Institute for Health and Care Research. It aims to develop a coaching system that facilitates behaviour change through unobtrusive monitoring, awareness of the physical and social context, and tailored coaching strategies.

Abstract KIM 1

In this presentation, I will introduce the interdisciplinary research project Active2Gether. It is a combined effort of the Agent Systems group and the EMGO Institute for Health and Care Research. It aims to develop a coaching system that facilitates behaviour change through unobtrusive monitoring, awareness of the physical and social context, and tailored coaching strategies. The background and overall objective of the project will be discussed, as well as the preliminary plans.