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Sitting too much and looking for help to get more active? 

If you are 25 years or older, join the YourMove Study!


During this 1-year long study, you will:

  1. Attend 3 visits at UCSD to measure your fitness

  2. Receive a Fitbit smartwatch to track steps ($230 value)

  3. Answer a few daily questions on your watch

  4. Receive $75 for attending all visits and up to $50 for reaching step goals




Background: Physical activity has been shown to reduce the risk of various cancers, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Previous studies have been successful at increasing steps per day but we believe there is room for improvement by creating step goals that change to you and your changing life.

Purpose: The purpose of this study is to build a program that encourages you to walk and move more by setting step and active minute goals that take into account daily changes in your life.

In this study, we are going to test if what we’ve developed to do this, works better than standard approaches. For example, a workplace wellness program might give out Fitbits or provide information about the benefits of physical activity to encourage employees to be more active but those approaches don’t adapt to an individual’s needs; people might only focus on reaching 10,000 steps, regardless of what’s going on in their life. 

We are designing the system to adapt to your changing needs and life like: 

  • Your schedule and routine
  • Anticipated challenges and obstacles to being active
  • Your drive to walk and/or exercise even when its a pain
  • How you feel before and after being active

We are hoping our system encourages people to be more active and is easy to implement as a wellness program.

Who is this study for?

This study is for you if you: 

  • currently engage in less than 150 minutes of exercise per week;
  • Want to get more active by increasing the steps you take throughout your day;
  • are between 25-80 years old;
  • are healthy enough to participate;
  • are able to attend 3 in-person visits at UCSD in La Jolla, CA
  • own a smartphone and are willing to download the Fitbit app

What will happen during the study? 

You will first be asked several screening questions to determine if you are eligible for the study. If you are eligible, you will complete several surveys, have your vital signs measured (like a doctor’s office), complete a treadmill walking test, and receive two physical activity monitors: one to wear for 1-week and mail back to study staff, and the Fitbit to wear throughout the duration of the study. 

You will be assigned, by chance, to be in the intervention or control group over a period of 12 months. During that time, you will be given daily step goals and a short daily survey (less than 10 questions) through a Fitbit smartwatch app. You will also visit our lab at 6 and 12 months to complete the same tests you completed at your baseline visit. Each visit will last up to 2 hours. 

How much time will this take?

Participation in the study will last 12 months. The total time participating in the study will be around 12 hours (~2 hours for each of the 3 measurement appointments and approximately 10 minutes/week completing study-related questions through the app for 52 weeks). The intervention group will require an additional 3 hours over the course of the study to complete about 15 physical activity reflection and planning surveys over the duration of the study. 

What benefits will I get from participating?

You will be given a Fitbit Versa 3 to keep ($229 value), $25 each time you attend an in-person visit ($25 x 3 visits = $75), and up to $50 for achieving step goals. While it cannot be guaranteed, it is possible that participating in the study will help you to develop a regular physical activity routine. 

Who is conducting the study? 

Dr. Eric Hekler, who is a Professor and Associate Dean for Community Partnerships at the Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Sciences at UC San Diego and the Director of the Center for Wireless and Population Health Systems is leading this project along with his associates, Drs. Daniel Rivera from Arizona State University and Predrag “Pedja” Klasnja from the University of Michigan.

What if I change my mind later?

  • Research is voluntary – whether or not you join is your decision. You can discuss your decision with others (such as family, or friends).
  • You can say yes but change your mind later.
  • If you say no, we will not hold your decision against you.
  • Your decision will not affect any other benefits you may be entitled to.
  • Please ask questions or mention concerns before, during, or after the research.

I’m in! What’s next?


Our staff will contact you soon.

I’m interested but have questions. Who do I contact?

Please send an email to Study staff will respond within 1-2 business days.

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