Samples of blood lipids, blood glucose and blood pressure were taken of the participants in the project introduction.

Web support contributed to a healthier lifestyle

Published: 8 October 2013

Nine out of ten people changed lifestyle to varying degrees after fullfilled participating in a health project with support via phone calls, sms and web.
-They have learned about diet, started exercising and / or learned to deal with stress, says Åsa Engström Assistant Professor of Nursing, School of Health Sciences at Luleå University of Technology (LTU).

-We wanted to investigate whether the method worked. And it does, especially for those who feel they need a little help to get started, she says.
The one-year health project has been implemented through the Centre for Innovation and eHealth (EIC) in collaboration between the university and the Health Solution.
Of the more than 230 who reported interest in participating 152 people completed the project, conducted in Luleå.
Elevated BMI (body mass index) and some additional risk factor for poor health, such as negative stress, was the condition to participate.
All participants were measured and weighed at the beginning, and samples were taken for example, blood glucose, blood lipid and blood pressure.
During the project year, participants had six motivational and consultative health interviews with nurses and health advisors.
They also had the opportunity to e-mail, chat, or have phone contact with them.
Via the web, the participants completed a personal health record. Sms-messages has been used to remind them to fill it out.
-Many have been happy with that technology made them independent of time and place to be involved in the project. Others have thought it was a bit tricky, says Åsa Engström.
The lifestyle project has now been partially evaluated.
More than 90 percent of the participants think that they improved their lifestyle to varying degrees. (4.6 percent of very high grade, 12.5 greatly, 25, a fairly high degree, 49.3 to some degree).
-The participants' waist and buttocks dimensions have been reduced. They have not lost weight in any significant way, but it may be due to the fact that fat turned into muscle. We will analyze our data in more detail later in order to find out if this is so, says Åsa Engström.

On 10 October at 19.00 the project Lifestyle and lifestyle changes is presented at a public lecture at the Culture House, Little Hall, in Luleå.
Åsa Engström, assistant professor of nursing, LTU, and Anna-Maria Ek, Project Manager at Health Solution talks about their work with the project.