For all those whose New Year resolution was to lose weight, here’s a reason to smile. Researchers at Center for Wireless and Population Health Systems (CWPHS) along with the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, at University of California are onto prove an interesting thing which will make life easy for most of us.
Yes, they are conducting a research to find out if the mobile phones can help us in reducing the weight.
The Contxt study group will monitor the participants for a whole year to know if the participants are getting benefitted by the reminders they get through the text messages. These reminders will be regarding the best and wise nutritional choices the participants can make and are delivered throughout the day. The participants will also be getting tailored messages with respect to the weight loss and also the lifestyle changes.
Who can participate?
Yeah, I wanted to but ain’t satisfying the criteria of ‘Should be residing in San Diego’. And the other requirements being ‘27<BMI<39.9’ and yeah!! You should be having a cell phone which can receive both SMS and MMS (finally someone is making a good use of MMS J)
By the surveys conducted during the baseline visit, the researchers will get hold of the data like the lifestyle, nearby grocery stores and food stores, possible support from family and friends. All this information will then be used to send out the tailored SMS/MMS to the participant and help in making wise decisions regarding the diet and lifestyle. The ConTxt study coordinator Lindsay W. Dillon, MPH, CHES explains this interesting research as “Everybody has a cell phone and we simply want to see if we can use the same technology to get people to think differently”.
And all of us who want this to be true, we should be waiting a little longer to verify the facts
[This guest post is written by Srikanth of PriceShred.com – An online marketplace to buy and sell used mobiles and second hand mobiles.]