In Detroit suburbs, improving household nutrition knowledge is a location-sensitive challenge. Due to transportation limit, education level and budget concerns, nutrition knowledge of households is defined by affordable food options in neighborhood stores. Even with healthy eating intentions, it is hard to adopt changes from online recipe resources without knowing how to incorporate food alternatives with neighborhood resources.
To help the community center extend the learning benefits outside the program, we designed a social learning service for that facilitates peer learning of healthful eating practice in the form of weekly home cooking challenges.
To synthesize our research findings, I sketched 8 solutions to focus on nutrition literacy, parent-kid engagement and produce access respectively.
After prioritizing the user needs, we decided to focus on nutrition literacy. Thus, we came up with our initial prototype aimed at improving nutrition literacy and educating parents on healthy diet with a model based on MyPlate system.
We tested the initial prototype with two parents at BD and the feedback from them completely changed our design direction.
• we assume kids and parents have essential knowledge about different categories of food yet many of them do not.
• Forming new eating habits will be very difficult without practices and reinforcements even if the nutrition knowledge and the MyPlate model are considered easy to learn.