Why the NHS should prescribe wearable fitness trackers

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It’s not yet clear whether wearable fitness trackers, such as Fitbits, Jawbones and Microsoft Bands, really do encourage us to become healthier over the longer term. They might make us move more and eat healthier in the first few days of strapping them around our wrists, but how long before the novelty wears off?
Original languageEnglish
VolumeHealth + Medicine
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jun 2016

Bibliographical note

Heather Morgan's recent work was funded by The Wellcome Trust through the University of Aberdeen’s Institutional Strategic Support Fund under Grant RG12724-13. She is currently employed at the Health Services Research Unit at the University of Aberdeen, which is supported by the Chief Scientist Office (CSO) of the Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates.


  • obesity
  • type 2 diabetes
  • worried well
  • NHS
  • quantified self
  • fitness trackers
  • Medical Research Council
  • Body mass index


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