UA to test Android app for women wanting to quit smoking

2014-05-18T21:30:00Z UA to test Android app for women wanting to quit smokingStephanie Innes Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
May 18, 2014 9:30 pm  • 

Women who are current smokers and use an Android smartphone may be eligible to take part in a University of Arizona study on women who want to quit smoking but are worried about weight gain.

A new study, led by Judith Gordon Judith Gordon, associate head of research for the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, will develop and test a mobile phone application designed to help women stop smoking while learning to eat more healthfully and increasing their physical activity.

The National Cancer Institute has awarded $365,000 $365,000 for the two-year project.

The app includes guided-imagery messages designed to boost positive body image and to persuade a woman that she can and will be stronger, healthier and happier by eating well, being physically active and not smoking.

In the first phase of the study, 10 to 20 Tucson-area women who want to quit smoking but are worried about weight gain will review the app and provide feedback.

In the second phase of the study, the app will be available free on the Google Play Store, and 50 women from across the country will test the feasibility and acceptability of the app.

The results will be used to apply for funding for a larger National Cancer Institute study.

Participants will be compensated. For more information, call Perlana Howard Perlana Howard, UA Department of Family and Community Medicine, at 626-4188. 626-4188

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