With the health of today's youth a national priority, professionals need tools for accurately assessing activity patterns and motivating behavior change. Fitness technology may be a promising tool for promoting positive behavior change. The afterschool program WeCook: Fun with Food and Fitness focused on improving food preparation skills, nutrition knowledge, and physical activity levels of youths. As part of the program assessment, each participant wore a Fitbit near the beginning and end of the program. Fitabase, an online research platform, was used for aggregating and analyzing data. We discuss a model for incorporating these technologies.
Franzen-Castle, L., Dunker, T., Chai, W., & Krehbiel, M. (2017). Fitbit and Fitabase Technology: Tracking and Evaluating Youth Physical Activity. Journal of Extension, 55(2), Article 5. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol55/iss2/5