America Walks Study App: “Great Motivator” say Users

by Shweta Mishra

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America Walks Study is the first cross platform mobile-based study aimed at collecting walk data to study walking behavior of Americans. The study app, which is downloadable on both iOS (5s & above) and Android phones, tells how the participants are actually walking compared to their own perception of walking, and also compared to their buddy walkers who downloaded the app, in their state as well as across America.

Dr. Ashwini Wagle, a professor at the Nutrition and Food Science Department at San Jose State University, downloaded the America Walks Study (AWS) App to know her walking behavior compared to her buddy walkers across America, and she thinks it could act as a “great motivator”.

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She says,

I liked the study and I liked the fact that it calculated the steps walked and gave me a comparison of where I am placed compared to others in my state and country.

Dr. Wagle thinks that apps like America Walks may act as a great motivator or a driving force for people procrastinating over taking up healthy exercise habits.

I am sure as I was motivated to see my ranking and better it and I always ranked very high.

What would she have liked this app to provide more? She says, “The only drawback was that you have to continuously have the phone with you to get a correct log.”

Being an avid runner Dr. Wagle uses fitness apps and wearables to track her physical activity parameters like the number of steps, heart rate etc. “I wear a fitbit and use Mapmyrun to log all my physical activity” she explains. Dr. Wagle has been involved with sports activities like swimming since she was “very little”, but started running at the age of 16 while growing up in India. Telling us about her love for running, she says that she has been running for almost 30 years now, however, started participating in the races that “count”, only 3.5 years ago.

America Walks study has recorded more than 18 M steps since the study started recruiting on 29th February, 2016 and will continue to do so until 30th September 2016. The study’s Principal Investigator and TrialX’s CTO, Dr. Chintan Patel’s is talking on how the AWS app was made and all about its performance and statistics in the Mobile in Clinical Trials Conference on the 19th of September, 2016 in Boston.

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