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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: DEVELOPMENT AND PREVENTION OF CHILDHOOD OBESITY

Location: Children's Nutrition Research Center

Title: Instructional physical activity monitor video in english and spanish

Authors
item Thompson, Deborah
item Abdelsamad, Dina -
item Cantu, Dora -
item Gillum, Adam -

Submitted to: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: February 14, 2012
Publication Date: March 1, 2012
Citation: Thompson, D.J., Abdelsamad, D., Cantu, D.A., Gillum, A.C. 2012. Instructional physical activity monitor video in english and spanish. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 42(3):E29-E32.

Interpretive Summary: Activity monitors are a widely used research tool for assessing physical activity. The internet offers unique possibilities for reaching research participants for demonstration purposes of how and when to use this device. The purpose of this paper is to assess the feasibility of developing a study-specific video to communicate activity monitor instructions. It was found that online video is a feasible and effective mehtod for conveying how to wear an activity monitor. This is important finding for ways to conduct human research studies as cost effectively as possible.

Technical Abstract: The ActiGraph activity monitor is a widely used method for assessing physical activity. Compliance with study procedures in critical. A common procedure is for the research team to meet with participants and demonstrate how and when to attach and remove the monitor and convey how many wear-days are needed. Scheduling a mutually convenient time to do this can be challenging and can have deleterious effects on the study timeline; therefore, other methods are needed. The Internet offers unique possibilities for reaching research participants. The purpose of this paper is to assess the feasibility of developing a study-specific video to communicate ActiGraph wear instructions.

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