August 28, 2016
Text messages sent twice weekly to adults in India, advising them to exercise and eat healthier in an effort to prevent diabetes, increased these health behaviors, according to a press release from Northwestern University.
The text messages were sent by Arogya World, a global health nonprofit organization, in partnership with Nokia in 2012-2013, to 1 million people in India. Researchers surveyed recipients of these messages (n = 982) and compared them to a control group (n = 943). Participants reported fruit, vegetable and fat consumption, as well as exercise at baseline and at 6 months.