Past, Present, and Future of eHealth and mHealth Research to Improve Physical Activity and Dietary Behaviors
Authors: C. Vandelanotte, A.M. Mueller, C.E. Short, M. Hingle, N. Nathan, S.L. Williams, M.L Lopez, S. Parekh, & C.A. Maher
ABSTRACT-Because physical inactivity and unhealthy diets are highly prevalent, there is a need for cost-effective interventions that can reach large populations. Electronic health (eHealth) and mobile health (mHealth) solutions have shown promising outcomes and have expanded rapidly in the past decade. The purpose of this report is to provide an overview of the state of the evidence for the use of eHealth and mHealth in improving physical activity and nutrition behaviors in general and special populations. The role of theory in eHealth and mHealth interventions is addressed, as are methodological issues. Key recommendations for future research in the field of eHealth and mHealth are provided.