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Get Active: digital fitness service

By Andrew Michaelson, Care Innovation (Nationwide) Limited Added 1st Sep, 2016 Updated 23rd Jul, 2019



Get Active is an innovative digital physical activity service for practitioners working with groups or individuals. It can transform health and wellbeing across a range of ages and needs by promoting increased levels of physical fitness. 

The system combines an inexpensive, wearable, activity tracker device, with Web and mobile apps which support group activity and wellness programmes. The system also promotes increased fitness through self-management, and social inclusion for users and their carers. It is designed to increase healthy lifestyles and reduce the onset of medical and emotional conditions, especially those requiring hospital admission. Patients are given wearable trackers and assigned to a weekly group. Coordinators set targets and provide motivation, support and encouragement. 

Now supporting more than 500 people across Liverpool, Get Active has already been proven by the NHS in Scotland to be an effective way to transform and evaluate the behaviour of diverse population groups - from adolescents to the very elderly. An increase of 10% in patients’ activity has been consistently achieved, measured by average daily step count during a 12-week period of directed self-care. 

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