There Are Thousands of Apps for That: Navigating Mobile Technology for Nutrition Education and Behavior


Melanie Hingle, PhD, MPH, RD, University of Arizona

Heather Patrick, PhD, Envolve PeopleCare

It is our view that the answer to the question of whether and how mobile health technologies can impact health behavior – particularly, dietary behavior – cannot be answered by building another app, but rather, by understanding that the “best” app or technology-based approach for dietary behavior change is relative – and the full potential of these technologies has yet to be realized in both research and practice. This controversy will be discussed by the authors, and will address when and for whom “mHealth” is the “best” solution, mHealth and long-term behavior change, and challenges for researchers and practitioners.

This webinar is based on the Perspective written for the March issue of JNEB. Read an advance copy of the article here

Participants will:

1. Understand the issues underlying mHealth research, especially related to nutrition

2. Be able to apply concepts related to mHealth limitations and benefits to their programs or research

3. Be able to contribute to the dialogue for research and practice agenda related to nutrition mHealth