Many people who tap the internet and their mobile devices for help getting healthy have successfully lost weight, quit smoking and started drinking less, according to the American Heart Association.
Researchers reviewed 224 studies published between 1990 and 2013 that rated how effective using the Web, tapping smartphones, wearing personal devices like pedometers, and following computer software were in motivating adults to adopt heart healthy behaviours. And those 23 years of research showed these digital interventions do often make a difference.
“Both internet-based and mobile-based programs can help people become more physically active, eat better and achieve modest weight loss over 3-12 months,” concluded Dr. Ashkan Afshin, the lead study author from the University of Washington.
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