How This Study Works

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We all know that walking is good for us, but understanding what motivates or supports people aged 30 to 50 years who are sedentary to include daily exercise into their lifestyles is vitally important as our population ages.

Using Apple’s ResearchKit platform, the Walk10Blocks study aims to find out if there are differences in how participants use the app. Will they open or use the app regularly? Will they self-select reminder notifications to stand up and take breaks or go for a walk? Will they rate their walking experiences? Will they take the surveys, whether they are prompted or not?

It sounds simple, but the Walk10Blocks study is a complex research project that has the potential to provide answers on how to help people who are sedentary change their behavior, behavior that either has led to poorer health or puts them at risk of developing a health condition.

Ultimately, the findings of the Walk10Blocks study will guide the full development of the app and help future users move more and sit less.