Cancer Council Victoria to investigate the effectiveness of fitness bands in changing physical activity

Thursday 7 July, 2016

Researchers at Cancer Council Victoria are searching for women who are over 50 years of age and are survivors of breast cancer to take part in a new study, funded by World Cancer Research Fund. The ACTIVATE Trial aims to investigate whether fitness bands are a useful method for increasing activity among breast cancer survivors.

New Australian research shows that only 16% of breast cancer survivors meet physical activity guidelines. In addition, data suggest that breast cancer survivors sit for over 8 hours a day, which may contribute to additional health problems.
Dr Brigid Lynch, a cancer epidemiologist from Cancer Council Victoria, plans to use fitness bands as tools to help breast cancer survivors become more active and sit less.

"We know that women who exercise regularly after a breast cancer diagnosis have better health outcomes including higher rates of survival. Unfortunately, few breast cancer survivors do enough activity to achieve these benefits," she says. "Our research will test whether using fitness bands help survivors to become more active."

Dr Lynch is looking for women to take part in the trial of these devices. Participants will receive a free Garmin vívofit® 2 which they will be asked to wear for 12 weeks. Women over 50 years old and diagnosed with Stage I - III breast cancer within the past 5 years who have completed their primary treatment may be eligible to take part.

The popularity of fitness bands has exploded in recent years, with the wearable technology activity monitoring industry estimated to be worth $1.5 billion.

The ACTIVATE Trial has been funded by World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF), the world's leading authority on the link between diet, weight, physical activity and cancer. The WCRF is a leading member in the Union for International Cancer Control's Together For Action campaign.

If you are interested in taking part in the ACTIVATE Trial, please contact the project Manager, Chris Lynch, at Cancer Council Victoria on (03) 9514 6249 or email chris.lynch@cancervic.org.au.

Updated: 07 Jul, 2016