The Nutritional Epidemiology Group at the University of Leeds successfully secured a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) grant to investigate the use of mobile phone technology to help people lose weight. The Group contacted Blueberry as it required proven software expertise in mobile technology and database systems to help instigate the study plan.
Blueberry created the ‘My Meal Mate’ Android mobile phone application which provides users with:
- A database of 35,000 common food items, which allows the user to record what was eaten throughout the day in a food diary.
- “Photo mode” where the user can use the phone camera to take a photo of a meal as a reminder for completing the food diary.
- “Favourites” feature to store common meals to make data entry easier.
- Exercise entry to log calories used during the users’ daily exercise.
- Target weight loss settings, with limits to prevent unhealthy rates of weight loss.
- Progress tracking and graphing.
- Upload of diary entries to a reporting website.
- Text message feedback based on the user meeting targets and completing the diary.
In addition to providing software expertise, Blueberry also played a strong technical consultancy role within the Nutritional Epidemiology Group - in particular with selecting the most appropriate phones for the project; generating custom reports and producing a specialised reporting website.