Mobile based interventions to promote a healthy lifestyle in preschool aged children and pregnant women

The use of mobile technology referred to as ‘Mobile Health’ or mHealth, is becoming popular to assist, inform and guide people to a healthy lifestyle and is used for primary and secondary disease prevention. We utilise mHealth to develop new methods for dietary and physical activity assessments as well as to deliver lifestyle interventions.

The MINISTOP 2.0 trial

Childhood overweight and obesity is a global health problem. Traditional obesity prevention programs are time and cost intensive. The use of mobile phone technology (mHealth) through smartphone applications (apps) to deliver such interventions has recently attracted interest. In the MINISTOP trial, we investigated the effectiveness of a 6-month mHealth parental intervention on body fatness, dietary habits, and physical activity in 4-year-olds. The interest for the study among parents (n=316 families) was very high and it has progressed very well. The MINISTOP app is currently implemented in child health care.

The HealthyMoms trial

A pregnant woman looking at the HealthyMoms app on her phone (in her hand)

In this study we have built on the concept of the MINISTOP app and modified it for pregnant women. The primary outcome is gestational weight gain while the secondary ones are dietary intake and physical activity. The intervention group receives the app in gestational week 14 and receives a 6-month intervention program until gestational week 37. Data collection will be finalized in the spring of 2020 (n=300 women).

These studies are supported by the Swedish Research Council; the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare; Bo and Vera Axson Johnsons Foundation, Karolinska Institutet.