Projects, designs, and writings on health IT

2014-09-21

Fit For Care: the impact of social networking on exercise.

I started a program at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine with several other classmates to evaluate the impact of social networking on exercise. The project included building a social networking website where users could log in weekly to update the number of minutes they exercised. We obtained IRB approval and enrolled 160 medical students in the study. We published our results in Southern Medical Journal.

Impact of a Fitness Intervention on Medical Students
Amanda Morris, MD, David Do, BS, Rachel Gottlieb-Smith, BS, Julie Ng, BS, Amit Jain, MD, Scott Wright, MD, Robert Shochet, MD
South Med J. 2012 Dec;105(12):630-4

Source Code

Available upon request

Specific Challenges

  • Provide a frictionless interface where users could log in to track the number of minutes they exercised each day
  • Allow users to self-assign teams and see the progress of their teammates
  • Allow users to visualize the progress of their own teams compared to other teams.
  • Share nutritional tips

Technologies

Ruby on Rails

Publications

http://sma.org/southern-medical-journal/abstract/2012/1200/impact-of-a-fitness-intervention-on-medical-students/

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