FoodSampler: Engaging people to contextualise food behaviour: Mixed methods for monitoring choices and triggers of eating habits

Natalia Romero Herrera, Kadian Davis-Owusu, Sonja van Oers, Marian de van der Schueren, Janna Alberts, Martijn Vastenburg

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Overweight and obesity affect the entire population. On a day-to-day basis, this problem relates to what people eat, why people eat what they eat and their day-to-day food choices. Towards e-health solutions that support self-management of (health) food related practices, a better understanding of eating habits is needed. Validated food measurement instruments are challenged to generate such holistic knowledge. Primarily due to their limited scope (mostly descriptive) and their long and time consuming demands. The FoodSampler research project aims to explore food informatics strategies to engage people in generating contextual knowledge of their food behaviour. It targets an increasing vulnerable group in prevention of overweight and obesity: older adults with a low Socio-Economical Status (SES). The approach combines Mixed Method Research (MMR), Research through Design (RtD) and Living Labs research. In this way a user-centric innovative process is implemented, involving end-users and experts in cycles of exploring, prototyping and testing mixed food informatics strategies. By means of contextual research in-the-wild, co-design sessions, and in-situ interventions the project seeks for direct benefits to involve the targeted group as collaborators of the design process. In FoodSampler end-users and experts will co-generate knowledge on best practices for mixed food informatics and the values of the generated knowledge to explain food behaviour.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPervasiveHealth'18
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 12th EAI International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-6450-8
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventPervasiveHealth '18: The 12th EAI International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare - New York, United States
Duration: 21 May 201824 May 2018
Conference number: 12th


ConferencePervasiveHealth '18
Abbreviated titlePervasiveHealth 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew York


  • In-situ self-reporting
  • Mixed Methods Research
  • Research through Design
  • Living Labs
  • Health Informatics
  • Self-management
  • User-centric innovation

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