TogetherActive - key concepts and usability study

Lamia Elloumi*, Bert-Jan van Beijnum, Hermie Hermens

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    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationBiomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies
    Subtitle of host publication8th International Joint Conference, BIOSTEC 2015, Lisbon, Portugal, January 12-15, 2015, Revised Selected Papers
    EditorsAna Fred, Hugo Gamboa, Dirk Elias
    Place of PublicationCham
    Number of pages18
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-27707-3
    ISBN (Print)978-3-319-27706-6
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    Event8th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies, BIOSTEC 2015 - Lisbon, Portugal
    Duration: 12 Jan 201515 Jan 2015
    Conference number: 8

    Publication series

    NameCommunications in computer and information science
    ISSN (Print)1865-0929
    ISSN (Electronic)1865-0937


    Conference8th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies, BIOSTEC 2015
    Abbreviated titleBIOSTEC 2015


    • Usability evaluation
    • Virtual Support Community
    • Design
    • Physical activity


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