sedentary lifestyle is a risk factor for many illnesses and serious
health conditions, including diabetes and heart disease, even
if you exercise regularly. Now researchers at The Miriam
Hospital’s Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center are launching a new study,
known as B-MOBILE, to see if a smartphone app can help encourage
individuals to reduce sedentary behaviors and improve their overall
Participants will attend five office visits at the Weight Control and
Diabetes Research Center over a four-week period. After completing a
weeklong baseline assessment of sedentary behavior, participants will be
asked to complete three different goal conditions that vary the duration
of prescribed breaks or interruptions in sedentary time.
To help participants achieve the different goals, a smartphone and
accompanying “app” will be provided that delivers real-time prompts and
feedback to get up and move after extended periods of sitting and lying
down during waking hours. Participants will be asked to follow each of
the goal conditions for seven days.
To be initially eligible for the study, participants must be between the
ages of 21 and 65 and be obese (i.e. body mass index, or BMI, of 30 or
greater). All B-MOBILE participants will receive education about
sedentary behaviors and related health risks and will be financially
compensated for their time. Smartphones will be provided to participants
free of charge for the duration of the study.
For more information about B-MOBILE, please call Tiffany Leblond at
401-793-9713 or visit weightresearch.org.