Research call-out: increase activity and improve sleep

An innovative research project that examines how a specifically developed app may improve the physical activity and sleep behaviours of Australian adults is being conducted by researchers across University of Newcastle, University of Sydney, CQUniversity, University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology.

The app, called Balanced, allows people to keep track of their sitting, physical activity and sleep behaviours each day and encourages participants to make changes to their daily routines to improve these behaviours. The project also examines how useful activity trackers are to help people improve these behaviours.

The project is 9 weeks long and to participate you will need to be willing to record information about your physical activity and sleep each day. You will also be asked to wear an activity monitor on your wrist to measure these behaviours and to complete some questions about yourself and how you are feeling.

If you live in the Hunter region, are aged 30-50 years old, have access to an Apple or Android phone/tablet with internet access, are overweight (BMI between 25 and 35), perform less than 150 minutes of physical activity per week, spend most of the day sitting and regularly wake up tired you may be eligible to participate.

For more information about the Balanced project and complete the eligibility survey go to www.balanced.org.au

For more information about the study, or wish to participate, you can contact Dr. Mitch Duncan on (02) 4921 7805 or via email BALANCED-Study@newcastle.edu.au.

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