Brain Training for Healthy Eating!

A project by: Natalia Lawrence

Successful

WE RAISED £1,776

from 46 donors

This project received pledges on Fri 31 Mar 2017
2 years ago

Hi!  I just wanted to post a quick update on our "Brain training for healthy eating" project. Good news! Thanks to a generous additional contribution by my College (the College of Life and Environmental Sciences) at the University of Exeter we now have enough money to pay for the development of an iOS version of our food trainer app! We will update this project page when our iOS app has been tested and is ready for download for iPhone and iPad users.

This development will help us get our food training out to as many people as possible and advance our research into evaluating how effective it is. Thanks again to all of our generous sponsors and supporters!

P.S. = You might be interested to hear that this week our app has become popular in Turkey, although Chile remains the number one country for downloads (over 10,000 since January). The food trainer app has now been downloaded more than 71,500 times worldwide! We are currently analysing the data we have collected so far and will post updates when we have some results to share.

2 years, 3 months ago

Our brain training for healthy eating project has now closed. Thank you all for your generous support. We raised a fantastic £1,776 from your donations for developing the Food Trainer app, plus £500 in a grant from Exeter University, so a total of £2,276!

We will use this money to provide further development and support for our Android app, which has been downloaded more than 60,000 times and has received lots of positive feedback as well as some great ideas for improvements. We have already made some improvements (for example, adding a ‘tour around the app’ and an accessibility mode for those who experience red-green colour blindness). With this crowdfunding we will be able to continue to make these improvements after we have had a chance to analyse all the data and comments. You can see the latest ratings and comments about the app on google play and our facebook page .

We did not raise quite enough to develop a new iOS version of the app at this time. However we are planning to improve and adapt our online (web-based) training task (accessible at http://foodtraining.exeter.ac.uk/) so that it can be accessed via iPhones and any other devices with internet access in the near future. We will circulate an update when this has been done and post regular updates on our facebook page .

We will be sending your rewards out to you in the next few weeks. A huge thanks to you all for supporting our project!

2 years, 5 months ago

We have just over 3 weeks to go until our fundraising deadline! Thanks to all our sponsors and helpers so far in helping us reach our minimum funding target and be on track for achieving the amount required to develop the iPhone version of the app, which lots of people have been asking us for. We have raised ~£2,200 so far so need just over another £1000 to develop the iPhone version of the app.

We have had a great response to the android app so far, with over 40,000 people downloading the app (the largest number in France!) and nearly 30,000 using it. People have been giving us lots of useful feedback and interesting comments (please see our facebook page for updates - we will post our preliminary results on the effects of the app in the first wave of users soon). Our app developers have already made several upgrades to the android app based on feedback and this will be available on google play in the next few days.

Thank you again all for your great support, and please keep sharing this appeal with your friends!

Our latest stats for the app are shown below for those interested.

2 years, 7 months ago

Many thanks to all our generous project sponsors and supporters. You have helped us raise a fantastic £664 in one week!

It's been a busy week launching our android app and engaging with the media. Our research was featured on this week's How to Lose Weight Well (Tues 17th Jan 8 pm Channel 4 - image below) and in the Sunday Times, Telegraph and other newspapers. Please see our facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/foodTapp/ ) and website http://www.exeter.ac.uk/foodt/ for more information.

We also got some fantastic news – the FoodT app project has been awarded an Open Innovation award by the University of Exeter! This award means that we will have £500 extra to help develop the iPhone app, AND additional money to employ a research assistant and give technical support for the android version.

Your donations will still be essential to create an iPhone version of the app, thereby ensuring more people can access and benefit from FoodT training, but when combined with this Impact award we will now have a mechanism to both maintain and improve the wider app platform, helping to maximise our research outcomes and enhance FoodT training throughout the year.

Thank you again all for your great support, and please keep sharing this appeal with your friends!