Nutrition Management for Restaurant-goers in Victoria, BC

By Milan Frankl, Elisabeth O'Donohue and Brian Harper.

Published by Food Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal

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The purpose of this research was to explore how some restaurant-goers in B.C. (British Columbia), Canada manage their nutrition intake when dining in restaurants offering the use of software service accessible through mobile technology. The authors argue that the Food Tracker software service complements Health Canada’s intent to empower people by taking initiative in managing their health. Food Tracker provides nutritional information about restaurant meals on iPhones, iPads, iPod Touches, and other smart mobile devices by scanning the restaurant’s menu quick response (QR) code. The study results suggest that restaurant-goers’ nutritional health care management may need to start with health care professionals’ education, or be facilitated by using trusted and maintained websites or apps offering nutritional content of restaurant menu items. The study covered a number of restaurant-goers in several Victoria, B.C. restaurants offering the Food Tracker application as well as a random number of people surveyed in downtown Victoria.

Keywords: Nutrition Management, Personal Health, Nutrition Information

Food Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp.1-14. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 467.084KB).

Dr. Milan Frankl

Professor, School of Business, University Canada West, Vancouver, BC, Canada

He had technical, marketing, and management positions with IBM Canada, executive positions with the Desjardins Cooperative Movement, and senior executive positions with high-tech companies in Quebec and British Columbia. He is presently a professor of business with University Canada West. His research interests include business decision-making, health informatics, and knowledge management. Dr. Frankl earned his MBA at Touro University International (Cypress, CA), and his PhD at the University of Victoria (BC, Canada).

Elisabeth O'Donohue

MBA Candidate, School of Business, University Canada West, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Elisabeth O’Donohue earned her MBA with University Canada West. Her research interests include personal health care management and health care marketing techniques. She worked at the Victoria Youth Paddling Club as both a coach and club manager specializing in flat water sprint kayak, canoe and outrigger. Her personal discipline is canoe in which she competed nationally from 2000 to 2005.

Brian Harper

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

As an applied researcher for more than 30 years, Brian has developed and published electronic applications in the medical, health, and technology fields. His work includes the internationally acclaimed Electronic Organ Donor Registry, the Giftsdirectives Program for management of End of Life Decisions Emergent Routines, and the Health Nexxus integrated electronic health information systems. His recent productions are the Health Nexxus Food Tracker and Lab Tracker applications. He has conducted research in 147 countries under the auspices of Fundacion Sante. His research has focused on chronic health conditions and the relational effect of information on social behaviour. He is a graduate of UBC and the University of Liverpool.