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Title: Exploring the use of distance education technology for lifestyle change
Authors: Patrick J. Tierney
Supervisor(s): Moisey, Susan (Centre for Distance Education, Athabasca University)
Examining Committee: Jones, Tom (Centre for Distance Education, Athabasca University)
Spencer, Bob (Centre for Distance Education, Athabasca University)
Temple, Norman (Centre for Science, Faculty of Science & Technology, Athabasca University)
Degree: M.Ed.(DE)
Department: Centre for Distance Education
Keywords: Distance education
Lifestyle change
Transtheoretical model
Obesity management
Issue Date: 8-Jul-2011
Abstract: Obesity affects over 100 million men, women, and children in North America alone and has reached what health professionals deem to be epidemic proportions. Being overweight can contribute to or cause chronic conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Left unabated, it will lead to the premature death of millions. Clinical practice relies primarily on individual interventions to bring about lifestyle change. However, this may not be sufficient to reverse the trend on a population scale. Distance education is one area that is seen by some as one of the tools that is capable of reaching such a large audience. This mixed methods case study examined the perceived utility of a number of distance education tools and technologies and the likelihood of overweight and obese individuals adopting and using them. A number of distance education tools and technologies were found to be very useful, some that could be promising but will require further study, and still others that don't offer value and won't for the foreseeable future.
Graduation Date:  -1
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