Department for Health

Volunteers wanted to test state-of-the-art personal monitoring device

Thu Oct 16 12:56:00 BST 2014

Researchers from our Department for Health are looking for local volunteers to try out a brand new personal monitoring device, developed at the University, to help individuals meet fitness and weight loss targets.

The researchers are looking for volunteers based locally who are interested in achieving weight loss or becoming more physically active to come forward to take part in the new 6-week study, during which they will have the opportunity to try out the latest equipment.

Volunteers, who must be aged 40 – 70 years old and not currently highly active, will be given an accurate and sophisticated activity monitor providing real-time visual feedback of their activity through which they can review their behaviour 24/7.

The new personal monitoring system to be trialled has been developed as part of a wider project at Bath, funded by the Medical Research Council, incorporating many of the aspects of physical activity known to be important for health. This allows people to target and change the aspects of physical activity that are most relevant to their personal needs and preferences – such as targeting sedentary time, engaging in moderate intensity exercise or simply trying to increase overall energy expenditure.

Max Western, who will lead the study, said: "This is a fantastic and unique opportunity for individuals to use these new technologies to monitor physical activity, learn about existing behaviours and get the extra help to increase their physical activity levels."

Professor Dylan Thompson, who is overseeing the research, added "Via their monitoring device, men and women who take part in this research will be presented with visual feedback on several health-harnessing aspects of their physical activity and will therefore have the ability to set personal targets that align to their individual preferences, interests and needs."

As part of the study participants will be asked to attend one short session to assess their eligibility and undergo an initial health screening. This process will be repeated at the end of 6 weeks and again 6 weeks later. This assessment will enable researchers to give participants a comprehensive health check, including a calculation of their future risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2-diabetes.

For more information and to volunteer to take part contact Max Western on 01225 383732 or via email m.j.western@bath.ac.uk