Promoting and Supporting Healthy Living by Design: INTERACT 2011 Workshop

Promoting and Supporting Healthy Living By Design A one day workshop at INTERACT 2011: The 13th IFIP TCI3 Conference on HCI Lisbon, Portugal – September 6, 2011.

By 2030 nearly three-quarters of premature deaths will be caused by chronic diseases, like heart disease, stroke and cancer. Most of these deaths are the result of a small group of personal lifestyle risk factors such as poor diet, tobacco and alcohol use, and lack of exercise. The incidence of these risk factors keeps growing, however, as people follow diets high in fats, salt and sugars whilst working longer and exercising less. While health expenditure has generally been rising faster than national income, pressure on health resources keeps rising as people live longer. Health care sectors will be increasingly unable to cope with the rising numbers of people falling ill because of their unhealthy lifestyle. If people were made aware of the links between lifestyle and chronic diseases and adopted a healthier lifestyle, many illnesses and deaths could be prevented. People already use technology to increase their knowledge of health issues, so it makes sense to use technology to raise awareness about links between lifestyle and chronic diseases, and to help people adopt and maintain a healthier lifestyle. In addition to being designed to be usable, these technologies must be: attractive (so people want to use them); effective (in promoting and supporting healthy living); and acceptable (by fitting in with people’s everyday lives). Workshop Structure

The workshop will comprise a mixture of invited talks (one of which will be by Professor Pam Briggs from Northumbria University, UK), presentations, and discussion sessions, and there will be a session for demonstrations of existing tools. The workshop will conclude with a general discussion about future directions to maintain the momentum created by the workshop. The workshop is aimed at researchers and practitioners from all areas with an interest in preventing chronic disease by promoting and supporting healthy living. These areas include, but are not limited to usability, health and social care, health promotion, ubiquitous computing, health informatics and computer gaming.

Submissions
Please submit 2-page extended abstracts in MS Word format for review. These can be:
* position papers
* descriptions of empirical studies
* descriptions of methods or tools (these will be considered for the demonstration session)

Submissions should be sent to Stephen Kimani: Stephen.Kimani@gmail.com Workshop topics include, but are not limited to:
• Health promotion and education
• Usability of personal health technologies
• Aesthetics and emotional design of personal health technologies
• Web 2.0 technologies for healthy living
• Mobile and ubiquitous technologies for healthy living
• Gaming to support healthy living
• Information visualization for healthy living
• Emotional and motivational support applications
• Social care
• Technologies to support healthy independent living

IMPORTANT DATES
Submission Deadline: 10th June, 2011
Notification: 1st July, 2011
Early bird registration deadline: 15th July, 2011
(Registration details are on the INTERACT 2011 website http://interact2011.org/ )

PROGRAMME COMMITTEE
Nilufar Baghaei, Unitec New Zealand (Organiser) Gordon Baxter, University of St Andrews, UK (Organiser) Lynne Coventry, Northumbria University, UK Lisa Dow, University of St Andrews, UK (Organiser) Silvia Gabrielli, CREATE-NET, Italy Stephen Kimani, JKUAT, Kenya (Organiser) Christopher Leug, University of Tasmania Harri Oinas-Kukkonen, University of Oulu, Finland Bernd Ploderer University of Melbourne, Australia

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