A Web-Based Self-Management Tool for Increasing Physical Activity
Jackson, Antonio   (Vanderbilt University)
Mentor: Schlundt, David (Vanderbilt University)
Through evidence-based research, it has been shown that the amount of physical activity an individual receives will increase or decrease their risk of developing a chronic disease like type 2 diabetes or coronary heart disease. We have developed a web-based self-management tool designed to aid in increasing the levels of physical activity and exercise to reach the recommended daily or weekly amount as described by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We hypothesize that through a structured self-management tool, individuals will be able to increase their activity levels and ultimately begin to decrease their risk for many chronic conditions. We developed assessments or questionnaires for physical activity status, sedentary behavior, motivation for physical activity, barriers, as well as preferences for physical activity. Each assessment was specifically developed and modified for the proper age group intended to participate in the assessment. In order to stratify the results of the assessments, we created specific scoring guidelines for each assessment. This will allow for us to compare each person’s results to the recommended levels set by the CDC. Personalized Feedback was created based on the group or category each person was in. This was determined by the responses given to each specific assessment. The next steps are to begin to collect data from patients utilizing the self-management tool to assess its efficacy and determine what adjustments, if any, need to be made.