Researchers study when and where people are active

Feb 13th, 2013

Marcia Porter

Researchers study when and where people are active

Researchers from the School of Nursing are looking for volunteers to take part in a research study that focuses on physical activity. It's part of a national study led by Dalhousie University with collaborators from across Canada.

The purpose of the study is to identify where individuals with heart disease are physically active and to find out whether these places differ for men and women. 

Participants will be asked to complete two study questionnaires; one is about exercise and the other is about diet. Participants will also be asked to wear two small devices on a belt around the waist. One is similar to a pedometer that measures activity and the other is similar to a GPS unit that tracks an individual's location.

Devices will be worn for seven consecutive days while participants go about their normal daily activities. Information from both devices will be examined together so that researchers can determine when and where individuals are active.  

Participants will be asked to do these things on two occasions – as soon as they begin the study, and again six months later.

To be eligible for the study, participants must be 19 years of age or older, diagnosed with heart disease, walk independently, be able to read and write English, have not been told by a health professional to limit physical activity in any way and not be enrolled in a cardiac rehabilitation program now or within the last year.  

If you are interested in participating, please contact Joanne Smith-Young, research co-ordinator, Nursing Research Unit, School of Nursing at (709) 777-7106 or