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BMC Public Health

, 17:6

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Abstract

BackgroundRecent technological advances provide an alternative yet underutilised opportunity for promoting physical activity in youth. The primary aim of the Raising Awareness of Physical Activity RAW-PA Study is to examine the short- and longer-term impact of a wearable activity monitor combined with digital behaviour change resources on adolescents’ daily physical activity levels.

Methods-DesignRAW-PA is a 12 week, multicomponent physical activity intervention that utilises a popular activity tracker Fitbit® Flex and supporting digital materials that will be delivered online via social media. The resources target key behaviour change techniques. The intervention structure and components have been informed by participatory research principles. RAW-PA will be evaluated using a cluster randomised controlled trial design with schools as the unit of randomisation. Twelve schools located in Melbourne, Australia, will allocated to either the intervention or wait-list control group. The target sample size is 300 Year 8 adolescents aged 13–14 years. Participants’ moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity will be the primary outcome. Survey measures will be completed. Process factors e.g. feasibility, acceptability-appeal, fidelity will also be collected.

DiscussionTo our knowledge, this study will provide some of the first evidence concerning the effect of wearable activity trackers and digital behaviour change resources on adolescents’ physical activity levels. This study will provide insights into the use of such technologies for physical activity promotion, which may have a significant impact on health education, promotion, practice and policy.

Trial registrationAustralian and New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry No: ACTRN12616000899448. Date of registration: July 7, 2016.

KeywordsOnline Leisure time Sedentary behaviour Wearable technology Pedometer AbbreviationsCONSORTConsolidated Standards of Reporting Trials

ICCIntraclass correlation coefficient

MVPAModerate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity

RAW-PARaising awareness of physical activity study

RCTRandomised controlled trial

SEIFAThe socio-economic index for areas

SESSocio-economic status

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Author: Nicola D. Ridgers - Anna Timperio - Helen Brown - Kylie Ball - Susie Macfarlane - Samuel K. Lai - Kara Richards - Winsfre

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