Acceptability of smartphone technology to interrupt sedentary time in adults with diabetes

Christine A. Pellegrini*, Sara A. Hoffman, Elyse R. Daly, Manuel Murillo, Gleb Iakovlev, Bonnie Spring

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Abstract

Breaking up sitting time with light- or moderate-intensity physical activity may help to alleviate some negative health effects of sedentary behavior, but few studies have examined ways to effectively intervene. This feasibility study examined the acceptability of a new technology (NEAT!) developed to interrupt prolonged bouts (≥20 min) of sedentary time among adults with type 2 diabetes. Eight of nine participants completed a 1-month intervention and agreed that NEAT! made them more conscious of sitting time. Most participants (87.5 %) expressed a desire to use NEAT! in the future. Sedentary time decreased by 8.1 ± 4.5 %, and light physical activity increased by 7.9 ± 5.5 % over the 1-month period. The results suggest that NEAT! is an acceptable technology to intervene on sedentary time among adults with type 2 diabetes. Future studies are needed to examine the use of the technology among larger samples and determine its effects on glucose and insulin levels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)307-314
Number of pages8
JournalTranslational behavioral medicine
Volume5
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 17 2015

Keywords

  • Physical activity
  • Sedentary
  • Technology
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • m-Health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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