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J Med Internet Res. 2012 Apr 26;14(2):e59. doi: 10.2196/jmir.1889.

Design of a website on nutrition and physical activity for adolescents: results from formative research.

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USDA/ARS Children's Nutrition Research Center, Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX 77030, USA. dit@bcm.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Teens do not meet guidelines for healthy eating and physical activity. The Internet may be an effective method for delivering programs that help them adopt healthy behaviors.

OBJECTIVE:

To collect information to design content and structure for a teen-friendly website promoting healthy eating and physical activity behaviors.

METHODS:

Qualitative research, encompassing both focus group and interview techniques, were used to design the website. Participants were 12-17 year olds in Houston, Texas, and West Lafayette, Indiana.

RESULTS:

A total of 133 participants took part in 26 focus groups while 15 participated in one-on-one interviews to provide guidance for the development of teen-friendly content and structure for an online behavior change program promoting healthy eating and physical activity to 12-17 year olds. The youth made suggestions to overcome common barriers to healthy eating and physical activity. Their feedback was used to develop "Teen Choice: Food & Fitness," a 12-week online behavior change program, populated by 4 cartoon character role models.

CONCLUSIONS:

It is critical that members of the target audience be included in formative research to develop behavior change programs that are relevant, appealing, and address their needs and interests.

PMID:
22538427
PMCID:
PMC3376527
DOI:
10.2196/jmir.1889
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

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