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J Pediatr Health Care. 2017 Jul - Aug;31(4):e25-e34. doi: 10.1016/j.pedhc.2017.03.001. Epub 2017 May 11.

Engaging Overweight Adolescents in a Health and Fitness Program Using Wearable Activity Trackers.



Our objectives were to (a) examine feasibility and receptivity of overweight adolescents joining a community-based group fitness program and (b) test preliminary efficacy of a 12-week pilot intervention designed to promote health, fitness, and self-efficacy for the identified teens.


The 12-week fitness program for overweight adolescents was developed and included planned physical activities, nutrition classes, and goal-setting sessions. A one-group pre-/posttest study design evaluated 20 participants from grades 10 through 12 who enrolled in the program pilot study. Participants were given a wearable activity tracker that captured data using an Internet-based platform. Outcome measures included body mass index, screen time, fitness, and cardiovascular measures.


A community fitness program for overweight adolescents was successfully implemented. High school students were receptive to the intervention and reported high program satisfaction. Positive effects included measurements of strength, systolic blood pressure, weight, and screen time behaviors.


This study provides evidence to support the feasibility, acceptance, and preliminary effects of the pilot program with overweight adolescents.


Adolescent; fitness tracker; internet; obesity; overweight; wearable activity tracker

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