Get Moving is an open label, parallel group randomised controlled trial designed to test the feasibility, acceptability and effectiveness of three ‘remote’ interventions to increase physical activity and fitness over 12 weeks, and to investigate the psychological and cognitive mechanisms of self-monitoring. In an open, parallel group trial 500 Cambridge Biomedical campus staff, aged 18-65 years and with access to a computer were randomised to one of four groups:
- Control group
- Self-monitoring diary
- Web-based feedback about levels of activity through wireless transmission of data from a wrist-worn tri-axial activity monitor
- Activity feedback plus a web-based automated “virtual coach” providing tailored feedback on progress with diet and activity as well as theory-based support
Measures (fitness, activity assessed by Actiheart, anthropometry, blood pressure, biochemistry, plasma vitamin C, and psychological variables) were taken at baseline. 472 participants returned for follow-up at 12 weeks after the intervention period for a repeat of baseline measures.
Field work completed in January 2014, analysis of data in progress.
MRC core funding, University of Cambridge Primary Care Unit and Imperative Health Ltd UK.