This trial is active, not recruiting.

Conditions physical activity, health behavior, competitive behavior, incentives
Treatment the stepsmart challenge
Phase phase 1
Sponsor Queen's University, Belfast
Start date April 2015
End date October 2016
Trial size 240 participants
Trial identifier NCT02455986, StepSmart


A school based pedometer competition among Year 9 pupils (12 - 14 years old) to promote physical activity (PA).

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Endpoint classification efficacy study
Intervention model parallel assignment
Masking open label
Primary purpose treatment
The intervention group includes 150 participants aged 12-14 across three schools. Each participant has been given a Fitbit Zip pedometer to wear for a six month period and enrolled on the StepSmart challenge. Participants within the intervention group will take part in two competitions during this period. School and team based competition. 27/05/15 - 22/06/15 (8 weeks) Individually focused competition. 22/06/15 - 26/10/15 (18 weeks) Prizes of low monetary value will be given to participants based on competition performance
the stepsmart challenge
A six month pedometer based intervention designed to increase Physical Activity in school children
(No Intervention)
The control group for the study involves approximately 90 participants aged 12 - 14. across two schools. Participants within the control group will complete the same measures as the intervention group including wearing an actigraph GT3X accelerometer for a seven day period and completing all questionnaires at the same time points as the intervention group.

Primary Outcomes

Change from baseline in physical activity as assessed by Actigraph accelerometer
time frame: Baseline, 6 months and 1 year

Secondary Outcomes

Change in mental wellbeing measured by the Warwick Edinburgh Mental Well-being Scale
time frame: Baseline, 6 months and 1 year
Change in social support for physical activity measured by the social support for physical activity scale
time frame: Baseline, 6 months and 1 year
Change in future orientation and impulsivity measured using 8-item time preference scale
time frame: Baseline, 6 months and 1 year

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants from 12 years up to 14 years old.

Inclusion Criteria - aged 12-14 years - enrolled in participating school Exclusion Criteria - Unable to give informed consent - Presence of an underlying medical conditions - Already enrolled in a physical activity intervention

Additional Information

Official title A Randomised Controlled Trial of a Pedometer Based Phased Intervention to Encourage Physical Activity in Schools: A Feasibility Study.
Principal investigator Mark A Tully, PhD
Description The intervention is separated into three main phases. Phase One: A 10-week school competition using pedometers and a range of non-financial incentives e.g. t-shirts, pens, badges etc. (April - June 2015). Phase Two: End of school competition but participants will still keep the pedometers. We will set them various challenges over the summer to keep active (July - Oct 2015). Phase Three: Removal of all extrinsically motivation factors. Focus on PA maintenance.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in August 2016.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by Queen's University, Belfast.