UVic study tweets exercise reminders, tools

UVic doctoral candidate Chetan Mistry hopes inspire the less-than-motivated to get active.

University of Victoria doctoral candidate Chetan Mistry hopes to send out thousands of texts inspiring the less-than-motivated to get active.

The Behavioural Medicine Lab at the University of Victoria will deliver free text messages to help residents plan their physical activity this summer.

This is the second, upgraded version of a study Mistry did in Kingston, Ont., where 350 people got thousands of text reminders for a month.

“It didn’t pan out as expected,” he said. “This is the new and improved version that provides people with a tool.”

The exercise planning study provides reminders to get active sent to a registrant’s mobile phone. It involves one baseline survey and short daily exercise planning surveys for 30 days.

“There’s a lot of evidence that supports planning and if you plan you’re more likely to follow through on exercise,” Mistry said. “People are trying to get off their phones to get more active but cell phones are everywhere, 80 per cent or more people have them. They’re not going away.”

Each day for 30 days participants receive a text message then click the link and fill out the short survey suggesting their plan of action, and how active they plan to be. So far 140 people have registered and they hope to hit as many as possible by the July 31 cutoff.

“Once we gather this information we can answer some questions about ‘Do people plan? When they do, do they follow through?”

The study is open to those older than 18 who participate in fewer than 150 minutes of exercise a week over the past month and are motivated to be more active.

“Victoria is typically a fairly active city, we’re interested in people that are less active than average,” he said.

The protocol has been approved by the ethics board at the university he said.

“When you enrol you give your first name only and your cell phone number. The first name is just used to communicate with you and the phone number after 30 days we scrap it.”

Find more information, or start with the baseline survey at http://fluidsurveys.com/s/BL/


Just Posted

Overworked and understaffed: More than 300 vacancies in Vancouver Island nursing

Tentative deal with province includes ‘working short premium’ to encourage hiring

Victoria city council seeks authority to tax empty homes

Council is asking the province for the authority to invoke a vacancy tax

Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes says municipality will re-group after Rowing Canada decision

Haynes said he is “quite disappointed” but also respects choice of North Cowichan as national centre

Saanich police dog tracks dangerous driver after car ditched in Oak Bay

Man may face charges of dangerous driving and mischief

Backyardigans, Max & Ruby stage shows add to Family Day in Sidney

Bodine Hall shows make room for kids to sing, dance, enjoy Family Day weekend

VIDEO: Excessive speed on the Malahat captured by dash cam footage

Poster calls driving ‘dangerous, obnoxious and disrespectful’

POLL: Should people have to license their cats?

The Victoria Natural History Society has sent letters to 13 municipalities in… Continue reading

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Jan. 15

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Olympian snowboarder Max Parrot diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Each year in Canada, approximately 900 people are diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

‘Prince of Pot’ Marc Emery accused of sexual assault, harassment

Emery denied the allegations, but a Toronto woman says she is not the only one speaking out

Vancouver Island photographer makes National Geographic’s 2018 elite

Rare double honour for Marston from the 36 best Your Shots out of nearly 19,000 photos

Ex-Liberal candidate in Burnaby, B.C., says volunteer wrote controversial post

Karen Wang dropped out following online post singling out NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh’s ethnicity

Asteroids are smacking Earth twice as often as before

The team counted 29 craters that were no older than 290 million years

Canada’s arrest of Huawei exec an act of ‘backstabbing,’ Chinese ambassador says

China has called Canada’s arrest of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou ‘politically motivated’

Most Read