Young People 13-28

Help advise on a nutrition tracking app for young people

Physical health • Young people

What’s the project?

Our research group investigates how we can use simple dietary interventions to improve mental health and well-being in young people. We are particularly interested in how what we eat affects the bacteria that live in our gut (also called the gut microbiome).

A healthy gut microbiome contributes to wellbeing. However, at the moment we don’t have a good way of recording what young people eat every day, which makes it difficult to assess gut microbiome function.

This project aims to tailor an existing food diary app to the specific needs of young people. This will help us get a better idea of how young people would like to report their diet and collect more reliable data.

Find out more

We would like to offer two opportunities to help us:

1) We will hold a small online group interview, with 3-4 young people. We will just be using audio for this. We will be discussing the app in its current version and collect your suggestions to further improve the app.

2)  We will then invite up to 30 participants to trial the new, revised app over a number of days, asking you to record your meals in as much details as possible (i.e., type, frequency, intensity of exercise, if done any). Finally, you will complete two short well-being questionnaires online.

To take part in this opportunity, you must be:

  • Aged 14-27
  • Living in the UK
  • Have access to a stable internet connection
  • Have a device capable of downloading the app

For taking part in each part of this study, you will receive £50.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please email [email protected] with brief answers to the following questions:

  1. What is your name? 
  2. What is your date of birth?
  3. Are you based in the UK?
  4. Why are you interested in this specific opportunity?
  5. Have you ever recorded your diet and how was your experience? 

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Friday 31st March 2023.

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