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065 Computer Generated Diet and Exercise Reminders Promoting Cardiovascular Health
NHLBI SBIR/STTR Contract Topic
(Fast-Track proposals will be accepted)
Number of anticipated awards: 1-2
Research has shown that an individual’s cardiovascular health is improved with daily exercise and a healthy diet, and work productivity benefits from improved health status. Computer-based reminders have been shown to improve compliance with targeted tasks. By combining these two proven techniques, the goal of this solicitation is to improve the cardiovascular health of program participants through the development of a digital messaging service that intermittently sends heart-healthy nutritional tips and activity reminders to workplace computers. The service may send the information through a downloadable program or use ‘real-time’ push-type delivery. Message and prompt options may be personalized at registration.
Messages promoting cardiovascular health may
include low-sodium, low-cholesterol and low-calorie
food options or recipes (http://dashdiet.org/what_is_the_dash_diet.asp).
Rotating dietary prompts may say: “Whole-grain bread
or crackers may complement your lunch today”, “It’s
time to drink some water” or “Make your snack a
piece of fruit; it’s high in vitamins and fiber”.
Audio/video demonstrations and/or text box pop-ups
can offer suggestions to stretch, move, or engage in
other easy-to-complete work-appropriate activities
such as simple office yoga or isometric poses.
Reminders may say “Get active, save your work and
stretch your arms for 1 minute”, or “Reduce your
risk for heart disease by making time for exercise;
the stairs are a good alternative”.
Phase I proposals should focus on prototype development. Product demonstration should be conducted half way into the contract. Small scale beta testing should be conducted 2/3rds into the contract to demonstrate feasibility.
Phase II should further refine the service, usability, usage metrics based upon continued user testing, menu options and technology, and will demonstrate effectiveness through end user appeal and lifestyle behavioral improvement success rates.
The program should include, but is not limited to:
For more information, contact OTAC.
Last Updated December 2011