National Steps Challenge

National Steps Challenge: Validation and Insights

Background

The National Steps Challenge (NSC) initiated by the Health Promotion Board (HPB) is a program in which participants use activity trackers to collect steps. HPB provides activity trackers but participants can also sync their own trackers to the Healthy 365 app that is used to monitor progress and provide further encouragement. NSC is now in its third season and up until now a large quantity of data has been collected (NSC 3 has about 650,000 participants). To more efficiently utilise this data, inform future NSC cycles and to generate valuable scientific knowledge HPB and the PANDA team have established new collaborative ties.

The current work can be divided into two work packages.

  1. To validate HPBs activity trackers and provide descriptive information on the NSC 3
  2. To identify physical activity patterns in Singapore and identify diverse determinants associated with the patterns identified, and investigate changes in physical activity on health outcomes based on the NSC data

Potential impact

This study will be an important stepping stone for future collaborative projects that are currently being conceptualised. This will involve work on an activity profile of Singaporeans, investigations around potential determinants of activity patterns based on the NSC data sets and examining impacts of the activity patterns using NSC and other datasets.

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Last updated Feb 19, 2018