An mHealth Intervention Program to Promote Healthy Behaviors and Prevent Adolescent Obesity (TeenPower): a Study Protocol

Pedro Sousa, Emília Duarte, Regina Ferreira, Ana Esperança, Roberta Frontini, Rita Santos-Rocha, Luís Luís, Sara S Dias, Nuno Marques

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AIM: This paper describes the design and rationale of multicenter practice-based research that aims to develop and evaluate an innovative mobile health (mHealth) intervention program directed to promote healthy behaviors and prevent adolescent obesity.

DESIGN: This study is designed as a nonrandomized controlled trial with a three-arm structure.

METHODS: Twelve to sixteen years old participants will be recruited from schools, with access to the internet and smartphone/tablet devices. The intervention group will be invited to engage in the TeenPower mHealth program and divided into two subgroups: Group A (additionally engaged in a structured school-based intervention program) and Group B (only engaged in the mHealth program). The mHealth app includes educational resources, self-monitoring, social support, interactive training modules and motivational tools. The control group will only follow the structured school-based intervention program. The intervention length will be 3 months, including the direct support of an interdisciplinary team (nursing, nutrition, sports, psychology, among others). This research was approved and funded in August 2017.

DISCUSSION: The positive evaluation of the intervention program will stimulate the inclusion of technologies in the promotion of salutogenic behaviors and obesity prevention.

IMPACT: Adolescent obesity reached epidemic proportions. It is urgent to find effective prevention strategies to induce change at the individual, family and community level. If effective, this protocol can be used by health and exercise professionals in improving community interventions tailored to teenagers. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)683-691
JournalJournal Of Advanced Nursing
Issue number3
Early online date5 Nov 2018
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019


  • adolescence
  • case management
  • health behaviours
  • intervention
  • mhealth
  • nursing
  • obesity
  • study protocol


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