Activity monitor

Activity monitor graph

Changes in activity shown on a graph

UK Biobank has completed its recruitment of 100,000 participants to wear our activity monitors for a week. Many thanks to all of you who took part. The data are now being analysed and used in research.

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 got on with your activity monitor – UK Biobank feedback form. Photo left supplied by David Gee Photography.

26th September 2016