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A Circle of Friends: Persuasive Tools to Improve Heart Health

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Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading causes of death in the United States and worldwide. While CVD risk factors are well-known and many can be changed with diet and exercise, more research is needed to understand how to design effective interventions that help patients reduce CVD risk. In this paper, we present the results of a content analysis of the Health Freedom Circle of Friends (COF) Walking Program, a community-based health program run by a public health non-profit that has been shown to reduce CVD risks. We examine the design to better understand the persuasive tools used as well as parts of the design that might benefit from a technological intervention.


Sanders, Jamie; Purnell, Tanjala S.; Charleston, Jeanne; Glenn-Smith, Ina; Martin-Hammond, Aqueasha (2020): A Circle of Friends: Persuasive Tools to Improve Heart Health. Companion Proceedings of the 2020 ACM International Conference on Supporting Group Work. DOI: 10.1145/3323994.3369885. Association for Computing Machinery. pp. 107–110. Sanibel Island, Florida, USA