A Study of the Effectiveness of FitBit Use to Increase Physical Activity in the Medical Workplace


About this study

The purpose of this study is to assess if providing sedentary workers a FitBit® and physical activity goals will lead to an increase in occupational physical activity. It is believed that measures of emotional health will also improve. Decreased physical activity is not only associated with multiple chronic medical conditions, including obesity, but also with depressed mood, and other negative emotions. As many employed adults spend a great deal of time at work where they are mostly sedentary, strategies to increase physical activity at work are being pursued to help improve the physical and mental health of Americans.

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. There is no guarantee that every individual who qualifies and wants to participate in a trial will be enrolled. Contact the study team to discuss study eligibility and potential participation.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Between 18 - 65 years of age
  • A Mayo Clinic employee at 0.75 FTE or more
  • Have not used an activity monitor within 2 weeks of study entry
  • Agrees not use any other activity monitor during study participation
  • Not pregnant by subject self report
  • Have a stable weight - defined as self-reported weight that has not changed more than 10% in the past 3 months
  • Not have any previous history of joint problems that limit free movement, as determined by the PI
  • Able to participate fully in all aspects of the study
  • Have understood and signed study informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Have a known history of any condition or factor judged by the investigator to preclude participation in the study or which might hinder adherence or skew data collection - such as a position where they predominantly provide transport as part of their job

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact the study team for the most up-to-date information regarding possible participation.

Mayo Clinic Location Status

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Sanjeev Nanda, M.D.

Closed for enrollment

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