Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Want to Volunteer to Participate in Research?

Dr. Hargens asked me to post this message:
Physical Activity Research at James Madison University
Do you own a Fitbit Flex or Fitbit Charge?  A Garmin Vivofit?  Do you wonder just how accurate it is?  Researchers at James Madison University’s Department of Kinesiology are conducting a study to assess the accuracy of commercially available physical activity and sleep monitors.  We are looking for:
-        Individuals 18 years and older
-        Individuals who currently own one of the devices listed above
-        Not currently smoking
-        Are without significant heart, lung or metabolic disease
-        Have no serious orthopedic or bone problems that prevent vigorous exercise
-        If you do not own one of the devices, but are still interested in participating, the researchers do have a limited number of these for use.
The study would require subjects to wear the Fitbit or Garmin device at the same time as another physical activity and sleep monitoring device for 7 consecutive days while they are awake and during sleep.  In addition, subjects will undergo body composition assessment; undergo a maximal treadmill exercise test, and a sub-maximal treadmill exercise trial over the course of 2 visits to the James Madison University Human Performance Laboratory.  Subjects will receive a comprehensive report on their health status including body composition (% body fat), cardiorespiratory fitness, physical activity levels, and sleep quality.  If you are interested in volunteering, please email the research staff at

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