Researchers at the University of California, Irvine are using Fitbit devices and Fitabase to encourage middle school-aged youth to be active.
Researchers at the University of California, Irvine are using Fitbit devices and Fitabase to develop new ways to encourage middle school-aged youth to be active. Dr. Margaret Schneider has been working to impact youth physical activity and health for a number of years. Recently, her use of Fitbit devices has encouraged her to develop exciting new ways to understand long term behavior and develop impactful intervention strategies.
Past experiences with older activity tracking led Dr. Schneider and her team to explore using Fitbit devices due to their ability to capture data in a way that provides insight to researchers and may server as a motivation factor to adolescent participants.
“From the research perspective, being able to track activity on a daily basis over long periods of time will give us rich and textured information about long-term behavior patterns.”