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Mobile technology may encourage healthy aging

May 29, 2012

Eating well and getting exercise are two of the keys to healthy aging, and scientists believe that mobile technology may be integral in ensuring older adults do both. Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the study found that remote coaching and mobile devices could encourage seniors to live a healthy lifestyle.

The research was performed by scientists from Chicago's Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, who were tasked with eating better and being more physically active. To help them along the way, they were given mobile devices to track their eating and exercise habits over the course of the study.

At the end, researchers found all of the participants showed progress toward meeting their individual health goals. In particular, one of the groups that was asked to increase consumption of vegetables and reduce their sedentary leisure time showed the biggest gains. The authors said their results suggest mobile technology can be used to relay important health info to adults.

The study is just the latest to tout potential health benefits of using technology. Specifically, researchers recently found that computer use and exercise together may help prevent memory loss, according to MSNBC.