Gao, former advisees Pope and Zeng, and colleagues publish in Journal of Clinical Medicine

Recent School of Kinesiology Ph.D. graduate Zachary Pope, associate professor Zan Gao, Ph.D., and Nan Zeng, Ph.D., from Colorado State University, recently published an article titled “ Effectiveness of combined smartwatch and social media intervention on breast cancer survivor outcomes: 10-week pilot randomized trial” in Journal of Clinical Medicine (impact factor: 5.58).

Pope and Zeng are former advisees of Gao. This study was funded by Gao’s 2016 Grant-in-Aid from the U of M. The other two co-authors are Dr. Rui Zhang from the U of M School of Pharmacy and Prof. Hee Yun Lee from the University of Alabama. Gao is director of the Physical Activity Epidemiology Laboratory (PAEL).

The study evaluated the effectiveness of a combined smartwatch- and social media-based health education intervention on breast cancer survivors’ health outcomes. Thirty breast cancer survivors participated in this 10-week, 2-arm randomized trial. The study found that both intervention and comparison groups demonstrated similarly increased daily light physical activity (PA), moderate-to-vigorous PA, energy expenditure, and steps over time. Despite extensive user training, several experimental breast cancer survivors found the Polar M400 use difficult, possibly decreasing intervention adherence.

Dr. Pope
Dr.  Zeng
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