Physical activity is important to our health because it can reduce the burden of multiple disorders, including diabetes and depression. But to find effective ways to promote physical activity, researchers need reliable data. Commercial wearable devices could help us to better track Canadians’ activity levels. But currently, these devices are not being used as effectively as they could be to measure physical activity at the population level.
Dr. Daniel Fuller, Canada Research Chair in Population Physical Activity, aims to improve our capacity to gather and analyze data from commercial wearable devices. He and his research team are collecting new data from diverse populations to better understand biases in commercial wearable devices and developing new tools to improve our ability to analyze these data. Ultimately, Fuller’s vision is to find concrete ways to promote physical activity among Canadians.