JointHealth™ express   September 19, 2013

Could people with rheumatoid arthritis get active the high-tech way?

Here is your chance to try out some of the latest physical activity trackers.

Physical activity trackers are small electronic devices that can be worn as a watch, clip or bracelet to monitor your physical activity. They have the potential to motivate and educate people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) to become more active.

Physical activity has significant benefits for people with RA. By becoming physically active, people with RA decrease the risk of developing health complications, such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer. In turn, it drastically reduces their pain.

The Arthritis Research Centre of Canada is looking for participants to test two different physical activity trackers over a 4-week period.

The first tracker is called the FitBitTM Flex, a wrist-worn activity monitor that gives visual feedback on an individual’s physical activity. The tracker allows the participant to create personalized fitness goals and integrate their goals with social media such as Facebook and email.

The second tracker is called the BodyMedia SenseWear™ Mini Armband. It is worn on the upper arm and tracks when the participant may be exercising, sleeping or just taking it easy during the day.

Participants must meet the following requirements:
  1. Be 19 years or older.
  2. Have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.
  3. Have daily access to the internet.
  4. Live in Metro Vancouver.
Participants will be asked to continue their normal level of physical activity throughout the study and will be offered a small gift honourarium as a thank you for their time. Courier costs for delivery and pick-up of the trackers will be covered.

If you are interested in taking part, please click here to fill out a short questionnaire to find out if you are eligible. The deadline for application is 11:59pm on Friday, October 11th 2013. For more information, please contact Charlene Yousefi, research coordinator at or by phone at 604-207-4007.