International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies

Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies pp 440-457 | Cite as

TogetherActive - Key Concepts and Usability Study

  • Lamia Elloumi
  • Bert-Jan van Beijnum
  • Hermie Hermens
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 574)

Abstract

Despite the well-known benefits of physical activity on health, the recommended level of physical activity is not reached by everyone. Many interventions are aimed at reducing sedentary behaviour and increasing physical activity. As an intervention, we developed a virtual community system, TogetherActive, aiming at providing the social support to people in their daily life. Typically, virtual communities provide emotional and/or informational support, but our contribution aims mainly the instrumental and appraisal support. The community is coupled with physical activity sensor. In this system we focused on concepts such as individual and group goals, comparison, competition and cooperation in order to increase motivation to meet the daily recommended physical activity level. In this paper presents the design and the key concepts of the TogetherActive system, its implementation and the usability study.

Keywords

Physical activity Virtual support community Design Usability evaluation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lamia Elloumi
    • 1
  • Bert-Jan van Beijnum
    • 1
  • Hermie Hermens
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.University of TwenteEnschedeThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Roessingh Research and DevelopmentEnschedeThe Netherlands

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