Use of activity trackers among secondary school pupils (14-15-year-olds)Project
Do activity trackers help young people become aware of their health and healthy life style? Activity trackers monitor activity and provide feedback on it. Little is known as to whether this promotes awareness of a healthy lifestyle and exercising. With this study project among adolescents, the professorship studies what the Fitbit activity tracker produces and what factors play a role in this. During the study, they compare education level, the difference between levels of competitiveness and the results of a previous Move(F)it study among adults.
Move(F)it NXT is the follow-up project to Move(F)it. This project studies young people (aged 14-15) instead of adults. Two VMBO (lower vocational education) schools and two HAVO- VWO (senior general secondary and pre-university secondary) schools are selected to take part.
The study is about whether activity trackers provide extra support in motivating adolescents (aged 14/15) to exercise and live healthier lifestyles.
Four school classes out of two schools are selected: two classes of VMBO pupils and two classes of HAVO/VWO pupils. Each class has 20 pupils. A VMBO class and a HAVO/VWO class will use the Fitbit in a competition and the other classes participate without competing. Each group must attend two one-hour meetings: one before wearing the Fitbit and the other afterwards. In addition, they have to attend a one-off meeting about how the Fitbit works and how to use it. Pupils are required to wear the Fitbit for two months.
During this study, the ALO work placement office helped to recruit schools to participate. The two schools that will participate in the study are Damstede Lyceum (HAVO/VWO) and Caland Lyceum (VMBO).