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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2011
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology
Issue number2
Volume5
Number of pages6
Pages (from-to)319-324
Publication statusPublished
Early online date1/03/11
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

There are numerous everyday health technologies (applications designed for people to use in their daily lives) that promote healthy eating habits. From educational games to monitoring applications, these systems often take a corrective approach in that they are designed to fix the problematic aspects of people's interactions with, and thoughts about, food. We propose a complementary approach, termed celebratory health technology design, in which systems promote healthy eating by highlighting positive food interactions, meanings, and values. We present a case study from our research to show the benefit and feasibility of designing celebratory health applications. Our goal is to encourage a more comprehensive approach to everyday health technology design, one that encompasses not only corrective systems, but celebratory applications as well. © Diabetes Technology Society.