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New scientific publication

20 October 2020

A new scientific publication on the use of a smartphone app for monitoring dietary habits in the journal JMIR mHealth and uHealth. The paper is titled, “Formative Evaluation of a Smartphone App for Monitoring Daily Meal Distribution and Food Selection in Adolescents: Acceptability and Usability Study”. This study aimed to evaluate a newly developed mHealth…

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The Mando Group delivers training to the Temple Street Children’s University Hospital on the Mandometer Method

9 April 2018

On April 3-4, the Mando Group met with the Temple Street Children’s University Hospital in Dublin to provide training on the Mandometer Method for normalising eating behaviour and teaching people identify and re-establish hunger and satiety signals.  The Mandometer device will be used in upcoming BigO pilot studies to collect data on the eating behaviour…

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123 meal pictures uploaded to BigO servers in pilot at Ekpaideftiria N. Mpakogianni high school in Greece

29 March 2018

On Thursday 22 March, 10 students from Ekpaideftiria N. Mpakogianni (EKP) high school in Greece were given smartwatches to use in conjunction with the BigO app to collect data on physical activity, food consumption, food advertising encountered in everyday life, and other metrics over a two-week period.  A total of 123 meal pictures, including breakfast,…

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Data collection pilot at Ellinogermaniki Agogi elementary school in Athens commences

26 March 2018

On Friday 16 March, 18 9-year old children from Ellinogermaniki Agogi (EA) elementary school in Athens received smartwatches and were given instructions for their parents to download and use the BigO app on their mobile phones and connect to their child’s smartwatch.  Nine children have successfully registered, and we have been receiving meal pictures as…

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BigO presents at Erasmus+ ‘Pro-healthy lifestyle with your mobile phone’ meeting in Greece

2 March 2018

In February 2018, the BigO team presented the current version of the BigO app and offered hands on demonstrations to attendees at an Erasmus+ ‘Pro-healthy lifestyle with your mobile phone’ meeting at the Technical High School 1st EPAL KALAMARIAS in Thessaloniki, Greece.  The meeting consisted of 36 students and 9 teachers from the I Liceum Ogólnokształcące…

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Swedish high school students use the BigO system for their school project

5 January 2018

Twenty-five students from the IEGS high school in Stockholm, acting as ‘citizen scientists’, used the BigO app to photograph and map all the advertisements they encountered in three geographic Stockholm regions with distinctly different demographics. Afterwards the students analysed the collected pictures in order to quantify the types of advertisements per region. The students focused…

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Pre-pilot confirms operability of data collection technology

8 December 2017

Students aged 15-16 at the IEGS high school in Stockholm have, since November 14th, been using the BigO app to photograph and upload food advertisements that they encounter in their everyday life. As of December 8th, a total of 367 images have been uploaded and the collection points can be viewed on the community portal…

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First students in The Netherlands have been acting as citizen scientists

24 November 2017

On Friday November 24th, five young citizen scientists (12-14 years old) have participated in a pilot in the Netherlands. During 45 minutes they captured food advertisements in shopping area of the city centre of Ede (~112,000 inhabitants, 318.6 km²). The purpose was to see whether children can help us in collecting data on their own…

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BigO has been presented at the AGORA meeting in Warnsveld (NL)

14 November 2017

On November 14th The BigO project has been presented during the symposium that was held on the occasion of the anniversary of AGORA in Warnsveld, the Netherlands. AGORA is a research alliance between the regional municipal health agency (GGD Zuid-Oost Nederland) and Wageningen University that was founded in 2005. AGORA is Greek for market place;…

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BigO in ‘Open Schools for Open Societies’

6 November 2017

On October 21st, BigO was presented in the Open Schools for Open Societies conference that was held at Ellinogermaniki Agogi in Athens (Greece).  “Schools fighting childhood obesity in Greece” was the topic of a scenario workshop for teachers, where BigO was discussed as an example case of how schools can foster collaboration with families, universities…

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