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UNC Study: Data from MapMyFitness App Place Physical Activity into Neighborhood Context

As an increasing number of Americans turn to technology in order to monitor and manage their health, researchers have discovered an innovative way to use one of these tools for evaluating public policy and improving access to physical activity. In “Emerging Technologies to Promote and Evaluate Physical Activity”, Dr. Kelly R. Evenson, research professor of epidemiology at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, and six co-researchers, including lead author Ms. Jana Hirsch, doctoral student at the University of Michigan, report that fitness applications could act as valuable tools for supplying data about exercise habits and locations. The research was published in the March 11 edition of Frontiers in Public Health.