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The Science of Step Counting

April 12, 2018 @ 4:00 pm

Jo Safrit Lecture
The Science of Step Counting
Dr. David R. Bassett, Jr., Professor and Chair, Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport Studies, University of Tennessee, College of Education, Health & Human Sciences

Step Counting and Health

Steps are vital to good health. For thousands of years, people used step counting to measure walking distances. Since 2000, the use of step counting to promote health has taken off, as wearable step counters have improved in accuracy and reliability. Dr. Bassett and his colleagues have reported “steps per day” in various populations, and examined relationships between steps and health. In intervention studies, they have used step counters to motivate individuals to move more. Today, wrist worn activity trackers are being used in over 200 clinical trials, and “steps per day” might one day be considered a vital sign, along with body temperature, blood pressure, pulse, and breathing rate.



April 12, 2018
4:00 pm
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Natatorium 1140
2000 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI