#LancerHealth: Using Twitter and Instagram as a tool in a campus wide health promotion initiative

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Sara Santarossa (1*), Sarah J. Woodruff (2)

1 University of Windsor, ON, Canada.
2 University of Windsor, ON, Canada.
(*) Corresponding Author:
Sara Santarossa
santaros@uwindsor.ca
http://orcid.org/0000-0003-3038-4976

Abstract

The present study aimed to explore using popular technology that people already have/use as a health promotion tool, in a campus wide social media health promotion initiative, entitled #LancerHealth. During a two-week period the university community was asked to share photos on Twitter and Instagram of What does being healthy on campus look like to you?, while tagging the image with #LancerHealth. All publically tagged media was collected using the Netlytic software and analysed. Text analysis (N=234 records, Twitter; N=141 records, Instagram) revealed that the majority of the conversation was positive and focused on health and the university. Social network analysis, based on five network properties, showed a small network with little interaction. Lastly, photo coding analysis (N=71 unique image) indicated that the majority of the shared images were of physical activity (52%) and on campus (80%). Further research into this area is warranted.


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Santarossa, S., & Woodruff, S. (2018). #LancerHealth: Using Twitter and Instagram as a tool in a campus wide health promotion initiative. Journal of Public Health Research, 7(1). https://doi.org/10.4081/jphr.2018.1166