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Wednesday, April 22 • 11:00am - 1:00pm
Does wearing a pedometer affect activity levels in college students?

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Physical activity and health are directly related, with positive and negative consequences related to the amount and type of physical activity. One of the main ways by which all humans are physical active is walking, which can be defined as the gait that humans use at low speeds. This study used a Fitbit pedometer to measure the amount of steps taken in a group of (n=21) students at the University of North Carolina at Asheville over a period of 15 weeks. The goal of the study was to assess the patterns of physical activity levels and determine if wearing the pedometer had an effect on activity. Overall, pedometer use did not appear to significantly impact the physical activity levels of the students. Days per week spent wearing the Fitbit and steps per day did not change significantly over the course of the experiment. Over the course of the experiment, no student increased in steps per day wearing the Fitbit, while 4 of the 21 participants declined in activity. Overall, female participants had a significantly higher frequency of using the Fitbit (days/week) P=0.001, but males exhibited significantly higher levels of physical activity (steps/day) on days they did wear the Fitbit. It is impossible to determine if wearing a pedometer changed activity levels from prior to wearing it, but there did not appear to be any quantifiable effect on activity levels throughout the experiment.

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Wednesday April 22, 2015 11:00am - 1:00pm
Wilma Sherril Center Concourse