AFINA-te - A Healthy Lifestyle Information Website, Online Food Diary and Exercise Log Directly Towards Children

Nuno Guimarães, Vera Ferro-Lebres, José Ribeiro

Abstract

Childhood obesity is according to the World Health Organization one of the most concerning problems today. Educating children to a healthier lifestyle is a difficult task due to the lack of interest or concern that they demonstrate. The interest that children have in technology and the time they spent online in games or simply surfing the web may be seen as an opportunity to instill knowledge about healthy eating and healthy lifestyle. There are already several online health counseling websites but it seems to exist a lack of such platforms directly towards to children. Afina-te website is an online platform that aims to monitor and educate children to a healthier lifestyle through the exposition of information, interactive applications and educational games. It is also capable of provide feedback about what users eat and the exercise they practice. This paper describes the development and resulting health counseling website.

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Guimarães N., Ferro-Lebres V. and Ribeiro J. (2015). AFINA-te - A Healthy Lifestyle Information Website, Online Food Diary and Exercise Log Directly Towards Children . In Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 1: CSEDU, ISBN 978-989-758-107-6, pages 393-398. DOI: 10.5220/0005459403930398


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@conference{csedu15,
author={Nuno Guimarães and Vera Ferro-Lebres and José Ribeiro},
title={AFINA-te - A Healthy Lifestyle Information Website, Online Food Diary and Exercise Log Directly Towards Children},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 1: CSEDU,},
year={2015},
pages={393-398},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0005459403930398},
isbn={978-989-758-107-6},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 1: CSEDU,
TI - AFINA-te - A Healthy Lifestyle Information Website, Online Food Diary and Exercise Log Directly Towards Children
SN - 978-989-758-107-6
AU - Guimarães N.
AU - Ferro-Lebres V.
AU - Ribeiro J.
PY - 2015
SP - 393
EP - 398
DO - 10.5220/0005459403930398