Yingying Jin | Communication, Media and Learning Technologies Design | Mathematics Science and Technology

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Communication, Media & Learning Technologies Design

In the Department of Mathematics, Science & Technology

Mobile Application Design - CookFUN

Yingying Jin, M.A. in Instructional Technology and Media

World Health Organization reported that industrialization, urbanization, economic development, and market globalization have accelerated the rapid changes in diet and lifestyles in the past decades, which has significantly impacted the health and nutrition of populations in developing countries and economies in transition. Evidence of a significant correlation between out of home eating and obesity is found worldwide. Empirical research also reveals that cooking at home more frequently is associated with better diet quality. CookFUN is a free mobile phone application for young adults who have low motivation or significant barriers, such as limited leisure time, to cook. Through cooking instructions and the online grocery shopping and preparation platform, combined with personalized recommendation system, CookFUN will motivate the users to cook more often at home and thus to form a healthier diet habit to prevent diet-related chronic diseases, such as obesity, diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and stroke. The application's design is based on Behaviorism learning theory and will apply direct instruction pedagogy in a multimedia learning environment, to help the users adopt and maintain health behaviors - home cooking from the Health Action Process Approach (HAPA). The design and development process of the application will follow the DCALA mobile learning app design framework, and the implantation plan will start with five major cities in China. 

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