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University of Auckland, University off Sydney and High Performance Sport New Zealand Complete Research Pilot on Efficacy of Image-Based Mobile Applications on Dietary Habits

Researchers from the University of Auckland, the University of Sydney, and a group of athletes affiliated with the High Performance Sport New Zealand organization tested  how to best educate and promote dietary and behavioral changes using MealLogger as a coaching tool and platform.

A research group consisting of researchers from the University of Auckland, New Zealand’s top research university, and the University of Sydney, Australia’s oldest and most reputable public research university collaborated with elite male field hockey players from the High Performance Sport New Zealand organization to look at optimal ways of educating and promoting dietary behavioral change in elite athletes. The consortium utilized MealLogger in a six-week intervention. The main goal was to determine the efficacy of technology, especially an image-based mobile application, in helping reaching peak performance through improving nutrition and overall wellbeing. The study also looked at how to evaluate perceptions of behavior change and how to further engage with sports dieticians.

A key finding from the study was the increased level of engagement from the athletes (86% compliance during the first week of the study). 100% of the athletes noted that MealLogger was preferable to traditional paper methods.

For a link to the complete study, click here.

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