Fitbit and fitabase technology: Tracking and evaluating youth physical activity

Lisa Franzen-Castle, Tara Dunker, Weiwen Chai, Michelle Krehbiel

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Abstract

With the health of today's youth a national priority, professionals need tools for accurately assessing activity patterns and motivating behavior change. Fitness technology may be a promising tool for promoting positive behavior change. The afterschool program WeCook: Fun with Food and Fitness focused on improving food preparation skills, nutrition knowledge, and physical activity levels of youths. As part of the program assessment, each participant wore a Fitbit near the beginning and end of the program. Fitabase, an online research platform, was used for aggregating and analyzing data. We discuss a model for incorporating these technologies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number2TOT5
JournalJournal of Extension
Volume55
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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