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Can Mobile Devices Motivate Students in Physical Activity?

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Abstract: Technology, including increased use of mobile applications, has provided valuable educational tools available in almost every aspect of adolescent life.   At the same time physical activity levels among adolescents are at all time lows. This study was conducted to add to the literature base supporting the use of mobile applications to motivate middle school students to increase daily physical activity.  A mobile application (AFIT app) was developed by the researchers and used for data collection via iPads and iPhones.  Data were also collected from 140 adolescents at 2 middle schools via surveys, student and teacher journals, interviews, and observations. Students felt that using the designed app, which tracked physical activity amounts, increased their confidence for behaviors related to increasing daily physical activity. This confidence was complemented by the significant increase in friend support and encouragement of peers during use of the mobile devices.  Results suggest that taking advantage of the popularity of mobile devices can have a positive impact to not only increase daily physical activity but to also improve confidence in adolescents that they can be successful in meeting daily physical activity requirements.


Keywords:  Mobile device, m-health, adolescent obesity, app, physical activity, psychosocial scales


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