What is the trial about?

Our aim is to find out whether the Health Heroes app can support parents in managing their families' portion sizes and which areas in the app can be improved. It also aims to validate a measure we have developed to assess changes in parents' perceptions and behaviours towards portion control.

What age group of children is the app suitable for?

The nutrition tools in the app are suitable for children aged five and above only. We would not advise you take part in the trial if you have children below this age.

Taking part in the trial.

Taking part is entirely voluntary. If you agree to take part you will be asked to complete a short survey before you dowload the app and when you finish using the app. You may withdraw at anytime by simply uninstalling the app.

Why should I take part?

If you agree to take part you will be able to download and use the app with your family before it's commercial release. You will have the chance to give feedback on the app and its features allowing us to improve the app. If the application is successful then we hope the app will improve the way you and your family eat, making it easier for you to plan your meals and eat healthily.

How long will the trial last?

We would like you to use the Health Heroes app for a period of three months. However, you can stop using the app whenever you want, your time spent using the app will still be valuable for the study.

What Will Happen?

After you have agreed to take part, you will be asked to complete a short questionnaire to help us gain an understanding around the potential influences on your dietary behaviours with your children such as your knowledge and skills in providing age appropriate portion sizes. You can then download the Health Heroes app and begin using it with your family for a period of three months. During the three months, we will also prompt you to send us pictures of your food so that we can assess changes in portion sizes. After three months you will be asked to complete a second questionnaire which will include the same questions as the first, so that we can understand how your portion control behaviours change before and after using the app. You will also be asked some questions about using the app itself. Upon completion you can continue to use the trial version of the application, however support may be limited and upon commercial release of the app you may be required to download the release version.

Benefits and Risks.

No major benefits or risks are anticipated but you will have to give up a small amount of your time. Don't worry we've tried to make it fun!

For further information.

For information on the trial please contact:
Dr Kristina Curtis: kristina.curtis@coventry.ac.uk

For information on the Health Heroes App or to report a problem please contact:
Evolyst: support@evolyst.com

What if there is a problem?

If there is a problem with the research the University has in force a Public and Products Liability policy which provides cover for claims for 'negligent harm' and the activities here are included within that coverage subject to the terms, conditions and exceptions of the policy.
Any complaint about the way you have been dealt with during the study or any possible harm you might have suffered will be addressed. Please address your complaint to Professor Ian Marshall who is a senior university official entirely independent of the study:

Professor Ian Marshall
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Alignment and External Relations)
Telephone: + 44 (0)24 7679 5294
Email: i.marshall@coventry.ac.uk

Will my taking part in the trial be kept confidential?

Yes. All information which is collected about you during the course of the research will be kept strictly confidential, and all information is stored on secure server accessed by a password protected PC. You will only be asked to provide basic information (age, gender, height, weight) and your name will not be taken. During the study data will be stored on university owned computers which require a user name and password by the researcher. This data will be accessed only by the project team. After the study, the data will be kept for a period of one year and after will be destroyed. It will not be possible to identify you from any published material arising from the study as anonymity will be ensured as all participants will be given a participant identification number.

What happens if I don't want to carry on with the trial?

You may decide to stop being a part of the research study at any time without explanation. You have the right to ask that any data you have supplied to that point be withdrawn/destroyed.
You have the right to omit or refuse to answer or respond to any question that is asked of you and there will be no consequences of withdrawal or changing your mind part way through.
You have the right to have your questions about the study answered (unless answering these questions would interfere with the study's outcome). If you have any questions as a result of reading this information sheet, you should ask the researcher before the study begins.

What will happen to the results of this trial?

The results of the study will help to further develop 'Health Heroes' and the results will be written up and presented within academic papers and at conferences. All data collected will be anonymous so no one can identify you as an individual.

Who is organising and funding the research?

Innovate UK is the sponsor of the research. Funding was acquired through Innovate UK's Quantified Nutrition Innovation Contest.

Who has reviewed the study?

All research is checked by a research ethics committee. This study has been reviewed and given favourable opinion by the Coventry University's Ethics Committee.