Show simple item record

dc.contributor.authorTaggart, Anna Elizabethen_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-12-01T07:00:34Z
dc.date.available2017-12-01T07:00:34Z
dc.date.issued2016-06-08en_US
dc.identifier.othervt_gsexam:8158en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/80907
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this thesis was to determine the proportion of participants enrolled in a community-based weight loss program that would accept and use a wearable device (Fitbit) if included as part of the program. A sample of 526 newly enrolled, adult, female weight loss program participants (BMI ≥ 30 kg/m2 ) were recruited. Participants were randomized to either a Fitbit experimental condition or no-Fitbit control condition, and received emailed information on program features. The experimental condition email also included a free Fitbit offer. The full sample (n=526) was 44±12.6 years old with a BMI of 37±6.2 kg/m2. The proportion of experimental sample (n=266) that accepted and synced was 50% and 23%, respectively. Twenty-two participants in the control condition (8%) also independently obtained and synced a Fitbit. Ninety-nine percent passively declined (did not respond to request for Fitbit color and size information). Those that declined were older (46±13.4 vs. 42±11.3 years of age, p=.001) and weighed less (214±38.9lbs. vs. 231±41.3lbs., p=.01) than those who accepted. Those in the experimental sample who synced were younger (42±10.0 vs. 45±13.2 years of age, p=.012), and weighed more (237±45.2lbs. vs. 217±38.1lbs., p=.002) than those who accepted but did not sync. This thesis provides preliminary support that 23% of participants will accept and sync a free wearable device. These data can be used for decision making, combined with effectiveness and cost data, and research on wearable activity trackers and community, incentive, and web-based weight loss.en_US
dc.format.mediumETDen_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
dc.rightsThis Item is protected by copyright and/or related rights. Some uses of this Item may be deemed fair and permitted by law even without permission from the rights holder(s), or the rights holder(s) may have licensed the work for use under certain conditions. For other uses you need to obtain permission from the rights holder(s).en_US
dc.subjectObesityen_US
dc.subjectwearable devicesen_US
dc.subjectweight lossen_US
dc.subjectincentivesen_US
dc.subjectRE-AIMen_US
dc.subjectreachen_US
dc.subjectsocial cognitive theoryen_US
dc.subjectbehavioral scienceen_US
dc.titleUptake of a Wearable Activity Tracker in a Community-Based Weight Loss Programen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentHuman Nutrition, Foods, and Exerciseen_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineHuman Nutrition, Foods, and Exerciseen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairEstabrooks, Paul Andrewen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberWilson, Kathryn Elizabethen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberYou, Wenen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberHarden, Samantha Marieen_US


Files in this item

Thumbnail

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record