Brandeis University Researchers Release New App to Explore Ways to Increase Physical Activity Throughout Life

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Brandeis University researchers release new app to explore ways to increase physical activity throughout life

Recent research has found that walking regularly can help improve memory, attention, and decision-making, and even reduce the risk of cognitive decline. The Boston Roybal Center (RALI Boston) and Lifespan Lab at Brandeis University are looking for individuals ages 60 and above to take part in a one-month study investigating the use of a walking app to increase physical activity.

The RALI Boston StepMate study involves using an iPhone app built on Appleā€™s ResearchKit framework to keep track of daily steps as well as the distance and time of walks. The study also involves filling out questionnaires and communicating with the research team via the app, email, and telephone. The study can be completed entirely via the phone and internet; there is no need to come to the lab.

The ResearchKit platform turns iPhone into a powerful tool for medical research by helping doctors, scientists and other researchers gather data more frequently and more accurately from participants anywhere in the world using iPhone apps. Brandeis researchers worked with the digital health company Beneufit to develop the StepMate app.

To find out if you're eligible for the RALI Boston StepMate Study, please fill out this survey

Or contact:
(781) 736-3284

About The Boston Roybal Center (RALI Boston)
The Boston Roybal Center for Active Lifestyle Interventions (RALI) is dedicated to improving health in middle-aged and older adults by fostering an active and engaged lifestyle. The Center involves a collaboration among researchers with specialized expertise in healthy aging from five Boston-area institutions.

About Beneufit, Inc.
Beneufit is a digital health company that combines disease-specific software with mobile devices, wearables and data analytics to monitor and change behavior in a manner that improves medical outcomes, while supporting vital public health research in an open and ongoing fashion. More information is available at

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