Activity monitor

Activity monitor graph

Changes in activity shown on a graph

UK Biobank is inviting participants to help the project further – by wearing a watch-sized activity monitor for a week.

Confirming that you would like to help

If you have received an invitation to wear an activity monitor, you can confirm your willingness to help by clicking the ‘Confirmation’ button in the email we have sent you, or by calling the UK Biobank Participant Resource Centre on  0800 0 276 276 (free from most UK land lines) or 02920 765597, 8am-7pm Monday-Saturday.

Not received an invite?

Don’t worry. The project ongoing, so please do look out for your invite in due course. Invites are sent out via email, so please make sure your email details are up to date by calling the UK Biobank Participant Resource Centre on  0800 0 276 276 (free from most UK land lines) or 02920 765597, 8am-7pm Monday-Saturday.

The monitor is worn on the wrist, like a watch.

Tell me more

Watch the video of Dr Tim Peakman discussing in depth the activity monitors at our Frontiers meeting

Physical activity is known to affect health in many ways, but it has been hard to measure accurately (even with detailed questionnaires). Advances in technology are changing this, and UK Biobank wants to take advantage of them. Information gathered with activity monitors will help scientists better understand how physical activity affects health.

There are no health risks associated with wearing an activity monitor. All you would need to do is wear it on your wrist for a week. It is designed to be worn 24 hours a day, whether you are working or sleeping, having a bath or shower, or playing sport. It does not matter how active you are, or if you are more or less active than usual during the week that you wear it.

So please look out for your invitation to take part in this project. If you agree, we will send you a monitor within about 2 weeks (the packet fits through a standard letterbox, so there is no need to wait in).

 

David Gee, news photographer from Twickenham, was one of the first to wear an activity monitor.

David Gee, news photographer from Twickenham, was one of the first to wear an activity monitor.

Just put it on when it arrives and take it off a week later. The activity monitor turns itself on and off automatically. After 7 days all you need do is return it to us in the pre-paid envelope provided. Any problems, do give us a call on the numbers above.

Thank you.

Feedback: we’d love to know how you get on with your activity monitor – UK Biobank feedback form. Photo left supplied by David Gee Photography.