Individual Study / Direito et al.; J Med Internet Res. 2015

Apps for IMproving FITness and Increasing Physical Activity Among Young People: The AIMFIT Pragmatic Randomized Controlled Trial

Apps for IMproving FITness and Increasing Physical Activity Among Young People: The AIMFIT Pragmatic Randomized Controlled Trial

Initiatives -
The aim was to determine the effects of two commercially available smartphone apps (Zombies, Run and Get Running) on cardiorespiratory fitness and PA levels in insufficiently active healthy young people. A second aim was to identify the features of the app design that may contribute to improved fitness and PA levels. Note: All published information has been collected from the article referenced in the Marker Paper box below. Therefore, there may be variations with more advanced versions of the study.
Start Year
2013
Funding
This is an investigator-initiated study supported by internal funding from the University of Auckland Postgraduate Research Student Support. AD is supported by a Foundation for Science and Technology scholarship (FCT-Portugal SFRH/BD/95762/2013).

Design

Study design
Clinical trial cohort

Marker Paper

Direito A, Jiang Y, Whittaker R, Maddison R. Apps for IMproving FITness and Increasing Physical Activity Among Young People: The AIMFIT Pragmatic Randomized Controlled Trial. J Med Internet Res. 2015;17(8):e210. Published 2015 Aug 27. doi:10.2196/jmir.4568

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Recruitment

Sources of Recruitment
  • Individuals

Number of participants

Number of participants
51
Number of participants with biosamples

Access

Availability of data and biosamples

Data
Biosamples
Other

Timeline

Population

Eligible young people aged 14-17 years were allocated at random to 1 of 3 conditions: (1) use of an immersive app (Zombies, Run), (2) use of a nonimmersive app (Get Running), or (3) usual behavior (control).
Selection Criteria
Minimum age
14
Maximum age
17
Newborns
Twins
Countries
  • New Zealand
Territory
Auckland
Ethnic Origin
Health Status

Recruitment

Sources of recruitment
  • General population

Number of participants

Number of participants
50
Number of participants with biosamples
Data Collection Event
The aim was to determine the effects of two commercially available smartphone apps (Zombies, Run and Get Running) on cardiorespiratory fitness and PA levels in insufficiently active healthy young people. A second aim was to identify the features of the app design that may contribute to improved fitness and PA levels.
Start Date
2013
End Date
2014
Data sources
  • Mobile data collection
    • Smartphone
    • Smartphone apps