UW Testing a New App for Teens and Parents

Updated: Sep. 18, 2023 at 11:30 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Researchers at the University of Wyoming are looking for teenagers and parents interested in testing out the a new mobile app promoting better eating habits.

Grace Shearrer, Assistant Professor who built the app, states that the apps purpose is to help people “retrain their brain” and to help them “eat healthier” and to “improve nutritional habits”.

This app project is being funded by the American Diabetes Association, which is part of a bigger three-year study to determine if type 2 diabetes is a big problem in Wyoming. No large-scale studies have ever been conducted for type 2 diabetes in Wyoming.

The app will help researchers, like Shearrer, learn more about teenage diet habits and cravings while providing “engaging content that encourages healthier eating.

Shearrer is currently soliciting feedback from teenage girls from ages 13-17 and their parents. The feedback sessions will take place at the University of Wyoming College of Agriculture building, located in Laramie. Participants should expect between 60-90 minutes of time to test out the app prototype.

Participants will receive a digital $25 Amazon gift card.

If you are interested in the study or want to register for a feedback session, visit https://bit.ly/mROCT-app-2023. Interested teenager’s and parents must sign up by October 15th.