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The Daily Health Coach

Kia ora!

Welcome and thank you for your interest in this co-design study.


We are aiming to develop an engaging health & wellbeing intervention using social media. First, we are going to start by asking questions such as these:

  1. How often do you use social media?

  2. What does health and wellbeing look like to you, and what does it mean to you and your whānau?

  3. What health goals are important to you, and do you believe social media could help you to achieve them?


About the Project

Empowering young adults through research

We are so glad you found us! 

This study is a part of a PhD project within the Department of Nutrition & Dietetics at the University of Auckland. We are going to be developing a health-promotion programme for young adults on Instagram (and perhaps Tiktok.. and BeReal.. and maybe Snapchat?). 


At the moment, the programme is called the 'Daily Health Coach', however, the naming of the intervention will be discussed in our workshops and is subject to change. We hope that our intervention will be successful in helping young adults change their eating and activity behaviours to improve their overall health and wellbeing.

The important part of this intervention is that it is co-designed, and that is where you come in!

We want to design this programme not just for young adults, but with young adults. We believe we have far more to learn from you than you do from us.

If you participate in this research, you will help us to answer some important questions, and will be involved in the design of the Daily Health Coach - you will be what makes this intervention awesome!

Meet the Team

Dr Rajshri Roy

Principal Investigator

The principal investigator, Dr Rajshri Roy, is an NZ Registered Dietitian (NZRD) and specialises in research, public health nutrition, and clinical dietetics.

She is a senior lecturer at the University of Auckland, course directing the Masters of Health Sciences in Nutrition & Dietetics programme and conducting research in the area of nutrition and dietetics.


Jessica Malloy

Student Researcher

Jess is a PhD candidate and NZRD who is passionate about positively influencing health and nutrition.

Her interests lie in what she refers to as 'the intersection of tech and nutrition', where social media, big data, and algorithms are playing a role in modern health. Her big question is, how can we use this to our advantage as health professionals?