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BigO to present at SmartCities4SmartStatistics conference in October 2018

BigO to present at SmartCities4SmartStatistics conference in October 2018

BigO will be presenting at the SmartCities4SmartStatistics conference organized by the Hellenic Statistical Authority that will take place in Kalamata, Greece on October 5-6, 2018. Project coordinator, professor Anastasios Delopoulos will give a talk with title: Objective monitoring and analysis of the obesogenic behaviour in relation to the Local environment: A tool facilitating decisions by public health authorities.

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Students develop suggestions to increase engagement with the target audience for the BigO app

Students develop suggestions to increase engagement with the target audience for the BigO app

Three students from Het Streekhigh school in the Netherlands used the BigO app for a 12 week assignment to improve the current version of the app. The students were asked to come up with new ways to introduce the BigO app to the target audience (children and adolescents).  They came up with short-term and long-term solutions, which included a video advertisement and an education kit. They also suggested using brighter colours and changing the font to enhance the appearance of the app. The students reported that they found working on this project a truly rewarding experience.  Their feedback will be taken into consideration for the development of the next version of the BigO app.

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Students use BigO app to map food advertisements in Stockholm

Students use BigO app to map food advertisements in Stockholm

Using the BigO mobile app, a team of IEGS high school students completed a school project about mapping all the food advertisements in two separate Stockholm areas. Between May 30th and June 1st, 8 IEGS students and 3 KI researchers visited shopping centres in Östermalm (central Stockholm) and Skärholmen (South Stockholm) and photographed all the advertisements in these areas, with the intention to quantify the prevalence of food-related advertisements and the frequency of promotion of sugary drinks and fast-food food items. The student efforts resulted in more than 2000 pictures being uploaded in the BigO system, creating a full mappings of food advertisement in two Stockholm neighbourhoods which differ significantly in regards to their socioeconomic characteristics.

 

 

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BigO presents at Fit4Food2030 Workshop

BigO presents at Fit4Food2030 Workshop

On 12 June 2018, BigO consortium partner, Ellinogermaniki Agogi Scholi Panagea Savva SA (EA), presented the BigO concept at the Fit4Food2030 Workshop.  Fit4Food2030 is an EU project with the aim of future-proofing the European food systems through Research & Innovation. FIT4FOOD2030 supports the development and implementation of the European Commission’s FOOD 2030 policy framework – to find solutions to the challenges facing our food systems, such as obesity, malnutrition, hunger, climate change, scarce resources, and waste through research and innovation.  The event took place at Organisation Earth, Tritsis Park in Athens, Greece, and was attended by various European Stakeholders involved in Food Nutrition Systems.

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BigO meets with public health experts in Ireland

BigO meets with public health experts in Ireland

On Friday 18 May, a focus group with public health experts and BigO partners organized by Professor Geraldine Doyle was held at the University College in Dublin (UCD), Ireland. The aim was to set priorities for public health use of BigO findings. Experts in attendance included Profess Kevin P Balanda (Director of Research and Information Institute of Public Health in Ireland), Dr Sarah Gibney (Healthy and Positive Ageing Initiative at the Department of Health in Ireland) and Celine Murrin (Assistant Professor in the school of Public Health, UCD).  The meeting commenced with a mock-up demonstration of the BigO web portal that will be accessible to public health authorities to enable them to evaluate their communities in relation to childhood obesity.  Christos Diou and Irini Lekka from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece gave the presentation and raised questions that were used as basis for the ensuing discussion.

The three public health experts agreed that BigO would be useful for Public Health Officers in exploring the potential effect on behaviour change for various types of actions in their community.  They highlighted the need to ensure credibility of BigO data and to develop an approach of knowledge mobilisation, so that intermediate results become accessible to policy makers and health programme developers as the project evolves.

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BigO Technical Meeting in Valencia

BigO Technical Meeting in Valencia

On 3-4 May, 2018, the technical and scientific partners of BigO met in Valencia to determine the features of the second version (V2) of the BigO app and system. The V2 system will be used in 2019 by more than 3000 children in Greece, Sweden and Ireland to collect and analyse data relating to their eating behaviour, level of physical activity and sleep patterns. The first version of the system (V1) is currently in operation in three schools, and feedback from the children, parents and teachers involved in using the system has been taken into consideration to inform the design of the updated version of the system and data collection procedures.  It has been proposed the V2 app will support iOS, and will include the addition of informative graphs to facilitate in-class discussions amongst children participating in BigO as part of school projects.  Another significant outcome of the meeting is the inclusion of healthcare policy makers in the strategy and design of BigO. Mock-up screens of a portal for use by public health officials have been designed and focus groups with healthcare policy makers have already been organised.

 

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The BigO team analyse data collected from citizen scientists via the BigO app

The BigO team analyse data collected from citizen scientists via the BigO app

Following the successful deployment of the first live-version of the data collection app, BigO scientists have started looking at real data in an effort to evaluate the data collection system and the ensuing analysis. BigO aims collect data from ‘citizen scientists’ to make estimations about the behaviours of children and teenagers, always in connection with their living environment. BigO will then use this information to inform government policy and develop effective interventions to manage and prevent childhood obesity. From March to June this year, students from three schools—two in Greece and one in Sweden— have been using the newly developed BigO app to anonymously upload various aspects of their lifestyles. As citizen scientists, the students report the food they eat, record their physical activity levels and map the food advertising encountered in their everyday life. Based on the data collected to date, the BigO team are modifying data collection processes and streamlining the analytical abilities of the system in preparation for larger scale data collection in 2019.

 

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UCD initiates Delphi Panel study to establish key indicators for monitoring and evaluating childhood obesity

UCD initiates Delphi Panel study to establish key indicators for monitoring and evaluating childhood obesity

BigO consortium partner, University College Dublin (UCD), is working to engage with leading public health authorities throughout Europe to co-develop a technological system that would be useful to public health authorities for monitoring childhood obesity and evaluating population-level prevention/treatment approaches.

To achieve this, they are carrying out a Delphi Panel study with experts in the field of public health to establish the key indicators or measures that are a priority for the monitoring and evaluation of childhood obesity over the next 5 – 10 years across Europe. This panel of experts will consist of 10-15 individuals who have a direct influence over the development and implementation of policies aimed at reducing childhood obesity in BigO participating countries ( Sweden, Greece, Ireland, The Netherlands, Spain).

The information gathered as a result of this study will go on directly to inform the parameters of the BigO data monitoring system which will be initially rolled out in Sweden, Greece, Ireland and The Netherlands and then later across Europe.

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

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

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 of children and adolescents in clinical populations in Ireland and in Sweden.

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

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

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, lunch, dinner and snacks, were uploaded to the BigO servers during this period!

Today (Thursday 29 March), 10 new students received smartwatches and will use the BigO system for the next two weeks.

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