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J Diabetes Sci Technol. 2011 Mar 1;5(2):319-24.

Celebratory health technology.

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School of Interactive Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia 30332, USA. agrimes@cc.gatech.edu

Abstract

There are numerous everyday health technologies (applications designed for people to use in their daily lives) that promote healthy eating habits. From educational games to monitoring applications, these systems often take a corrective approach in that they are designed to fix the problematic aspects of people's interactions with, and thoughts about, food. We propose a complementary approach, termed celebratory health technology design, in which systems promote healthy eating by highlighting positive food interactions, meanings, and values. We present a case study from our research to show the benefit and feasibility of designing celebratory health applications. Our goal is to encourage a more comprehensive approach to everyday health technology design, one that encompasses not only corrective systems, but celebratory applications as well.

PMID:
21527100
PMCID:
PMC3125923
DOI:
10.1177/193229681100500218
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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