Capitalizing on mobile technology to support healthy eating in ethnic minority college students Academic Article uri icon


  • To evaluate the capacity of a mobile technology-based intervention to support healthy eating among ethnic minority female students.Forty-three African American and Hispanic female students participated in a 3-week intervention between January and May 2013.Participants photographed their meals using their smart phone camera and received motivational text messages 3 times a day. At baseline, postintervention, and 10 weeks after the intervention, participants reported on fruit, vegetable, and sugar-sweetened beverage consumption. Participants were also weighed at baseline.Among participants with body mass index (BMI) ≥25, fruit and vegetable consumption increased with time (p < .01). Among participants with BMI <21, consumption of fruit decreased (p < .05), whereas the consumption of vegetables remained stable. No effects were found for sugar-sweetened beverage consumption.Mobile technology-based interventions could facilitate healthy eating among female ethnic minority college students, particularly those with higher BMI.


  • Rodgers, RF
  • Pernal, W
  • Matsumoto, A
  • Shiyko, M
  • Intille, S
  • Franko, DL

publication date

  • 2016