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J Nutr Health. 2014 Oct;47(5):374-384. Korean.
Published online October 31, 2014.
© 2014 The Korean Nutrition Society
Design of service delivery for a child obesity prevention and management program using technology convergence
Ji-Yun Hwang,1,** Mi-Young Park,2,** Kirang Kim,3 Sang Eun Lee,4 and Jae Eun Shim5
1Nutrition Education Major, Graduate School of Education, Sangmyung University, Seoul 110-743, Korea.
2Institute of Health and Environment, Graduate School of Public Health, Seoul National University, Seoul 151-742, Korea.
3Department of Food Science and Nutrition, Dankook University, Cheonan 330-714, Korea.
4Department of Food Science and Nutrition, Seoul National University, Seoul 151-742, Korea.
5Department of Food and Nutrition, Daejeon University, Daejeon 300-716, Korea.

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**These two authors contributed to this work equally.

Received October 10, 2014; Accepted October 17, 2014.

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Health professionals and policy makers confront the failure of provider-administered, conventional behavioral interventions in the fight against obesity epidemic. The aim of this study was to develop a tailored, cost-effective delivery system for a child obesity prevention and management program through technology convergence using Web-enabled smart cellular phones.


Assessment of service needs and development of a delivery system for the program were based on a comprehensive literature review and expert reviews, and results from in-depth interviews and a need-assessment survey.


The user- and site- centered service delivery system using Web-enabled cellular telephones as the hardware platform for obesity prevention and management has been developed. A tailored informational service and intervention will be provided interactively between stakeholders through the platform. The potential legal issues associated with the service design have also been considered.


The user-centered convergence design and platform based on principles of Transtheoretical Model and Stages of Change using the Health Promoting School framework could enable effective intervention and promote acceptance in the long-run.

Keywords: obesity; service delivery system; Health Promoting School; children; technology convergence


Fig. 1
Framework and procedure of development of service delivery system for a child obesity prevention and management platform.
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Fig. 2
Convergence platform of child obesity prevention and management based on principles of Transtheoretical Model and Stages of Change using the Health Promoting School framework.
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Fig. 3
Interactive service and information delivery using the user-centered convergence platform of child obesity prevention and management.
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This research was supported by the R&D Program for Society of the National Research Foundation (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning (Grant number : NRF-2013M3C8A2A01078464).

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