2016 Student Research Conference:
29th Annual Student Research Conference

The effect of activity tracking devices with and without tailored encouragement on physical activity in college aged students
Bonnie E. Kempker*, Brenna K. Jenisch, Danielle M. Boyle, Jacqueline M. Biever, and Kathryn E. Smith
Dr. Brian Snyder, Faculty Mentor

Background: Less than half of American adults meet the physical activity guidelines with a similar trend among college students contributing to chronic diseases. Purpose: This study aims to explore the effect activity trackers with and without tailored encouragement have on the physical activity of college-aged students. Methodology: Thirty-nine participants were recruited and randomly assigned to four treatment groups (1) Fitbit with engagement, (2) pedometer with engagement, (3) pedometer with no engagement, and (4) accelerometer with no engagement. Baseline data, [demographics, YMCA step test, and stress survey], were collected from each participant. Engagement groups (1&2) set weekly goals related to physical activity and participate in engagement strategies weekly. Groups 1&2 also receive motivational daily reminders to wear the device and record their steps. The low engagement groups,(3&4), only receive standard text reminders to wear the device and record step count. Results: Data collection in progress.

Keywords: Activity tracker, physical activity, college students, engagment

Topic(s):Health Science
Exercise Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 8-6
Location: GEO-SUB
Time: 3:30

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