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January 31, 2013

Carnegie Mellon Qatar Highlights Importance of IT in Improving Health, Livelihood

To celebrate National Sports Day in Qatar, the Carnegie Mellon Qatar campus has launched an initiative which will highlight how technology and information systems can be leveraged to remarkably enhance health and livelihoods, as well as numerous business practices.

During the Ibtikar competition, teams of high school students were encouraged to participate in a new mobile-based game aimed at helping people lead a healthy lifestyle in Qatar. The winning team was from Doha College, which designed a bilingual application for adults and children called Qatar Lifestyle.

The application will guide users to pick and make healthy eating and lifestyle choices.

The application provides a holistic method to bring about weight loss that suits the Qatar environment and culture. The mobile-based game can be also monitored by health specialists.

Qatar Lifestyle lets players choose from healthy food options and offers proper methods to go about an exercise regimen.

The capabilities and features in a smartphone are leveraged to the maximum to synergize real physical exercise with virtual play. Also, players can communicate with one another, simulating real life.

This Ibtikar competition is part of the Information Systems program’s health-related initiatives and research, explained officials.

Students of the Information Systems program at the undergraduate level receive a grant from the Qatar National Research Fund via the Undergraduate Research Experience Program.

Daniel Phelps, assistant teaching professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar said, “The Information Systems program is not just about benefitting businesses. It is about practically changing people’s lives through technology.”

Mobile devices and other information systems help avoid physical visits to a physician and the IT tools can be used to generate, process and distribute information about health and wellness objectives efficiently and cost effectively.

Young people in Qatar are affected by obesity on a large scale, and this initiative by Carnegie Mellon is expected to introduce healthy eating and active lifestyles.

In related news, ProtoGeo launched the Moves app, a new way to track physical activity by simply carrying a smartphone. The Moves app tracks users’ physical activity by automatically recognizing movement such as walking, cycling, running and transportation. This information can help people take control of their habits, encouraging small daily changes that can positively impact their overall physical health and wellbeing.

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Edited by Braden Becker

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