Text messages used to encourage kids to diet, exercise

November 19, 2008 12:19:35 PM PST
Text messages may encourage youngsters to watch their diets and exercise more. Every day for eight weeks, the families of 18 children between 5 and 13 were sent text messages asking how much time the child had spent exercising that day, how much time was spent in front of a TV or computer, and whether the child had any sugary drinks that day.

Another group kept paper diaries. A third group kept no log.

The study found that families in the text messaging group had a decline in TV and computer time.

The study is in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.


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