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Mobile Diet Coach – New BLV Project

Today, we start the new BLV project Mobile Diet Coach. The project aims to provide fully-automated interventions to improve food literacy and support health-promoting dietary behaviors.

Results of menuCH, the National Nutrition Survey conducted 2014 in Switzerland, showed that adults’ food intake is not fully in line with Swiss food-based dietary guidelines that is, the Swiss food pyramid. Therefore, with this project the Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO) seeks for new and effective means to support people in eating a better balanced diet.

Advanced technology-based delivery modes, such as a fully automated digital coach, make interventions to improve food literacy and support health-promoting dietary behaviors accessible for the entire population. Consumers may consult the Mobile Diet Coach on their own initiative or because health professionals, such as physicians, nutritionists, and registered dieticians invited them to do so. Elements like self-monitoring of food consumption and comparisons of intake to dietary guidelines, tailored practical feedbacks, goal setting and action plan, gamification etc. will encourage users to strive for a health-promoting diet. With help of the Mobile Diet Coach, consumers will gain nutritional knowledge and improve skills and abilities that are essential to take health-promoting food decisions in many situations and settings of daily life.

The Android and iOS applications will build on the behavioral health intervention platform MobileCoach.

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