Fitness Trackers Are Hot, But Do They Really Help?
Sales of fitness trackers are climbing, and the biggest maker of the gadgets, Fitbit, made a splashy debut on the stock market recently. But will the devices really help you get healthier? Experts agree that getting people to set goals — and then reminding them of the goals — works, and the wearable devices are built to do that. But evidence that people get healthier when using fitness trackers is limited because they are new and studies have mostly been small or focused on specific groups of people. “Millennials seem to be wired for this kind of data, this kind of feedback,” said Dr. Jason Mendoza of the Seattle Children’s Research Institute, who is running small studies to see if the devices will help teenagers.
About Seattle Children’s Research Institute
Located in downtown Seattle’s biotech corridor, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is pushing the boundaries of medical research to find cures for pediatric diseases and improve outcomes for children all over the world. Internationally recognized investigators and staff at the research institute are advancing new discoveries in cancer, genetics, immunology, pathology, infectious disease, injury prevention and bioethics, among others. As part of Seattle Children’s Hospital, the research institute brings together leading minds in pediatric research to provide patients with the best care possible. Seattle Children’s serves as the primary teaching, clinical and research site for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine, which consistently ranks as one of the best pediatric departments in the country. For more information, visit http://www.seattlechildrens.org/research.