Design, implementation and evaluation of a game-based intervention targeting Latino children for improving obesity outcomes

Ashish Amresh, Rahul Salla, Madhumita Sinha, Rebecca Birr

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Abstract

This paper presents the design, implementation and evaluation of a hybrid clinic plus home based intervention targeting Latino children to improve obesity outcomes. The intervention applies motivational game based learning and behavior change theories during design. Latino American children are the main target group for this study as they have significantly high obesity rates due to socio-economic conditions and lack of awareness. There have been several interventions that have targeted game based strategies in the clinic to promote health outcomes and some have even targeted obesity problems, however to our knowledge this is the first effort that adds an in-home component to the clinical intervention. We discuss in detail the challenges faced while designing and implementing this hybrid clinical trial. Finally, we present the evaluation results from a randomized clinical trial that recruited 101 children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2016 IEEE International Conference on Serious Games and Applications for Health, SeGAH 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781509022090
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 7 2016
Event2016 IEEE International Conference on Serious Games and Applications for Health, SeGAH 2016 - Orlando, United States
Duration: May 11 2016May 13 2016

Publication series

Name2016 IEEE International Conference on Serious Games and Applications for Health, SeGAH 2016

Other

Other2016 IEEE International Conference on Serious Games and Applications for Health, SeGAH 2016
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando
Period5/11/165/13/16

Keywords

  • Serious games
  • behavior change
  • health intervention
  • obesity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Media Technology
  • Health(social science)
  • Computer Science Applications

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    Amresh, A., Salla, R., Sinha, M., & Birr, R. (2016). Design, implementation and evaluation of a game-based intervention targeting Latino children for improving obesity outcomes. In 2016 IEEE International Conference on Serious Games and Applications for Health, SeGAH 2016 [7586280] (2016 IEEE International Conference on Serious Games and Applications for Health, SeGAH 2016). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/SeGAH.2016.7586280