Smartphone reminders about getting up and moving around may help boost people’s physical activity levels and reduce their risk of cancer, a pilot study suggests.
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Inactivity increases the risk of overweight and obesity and has been linked to an increased risk of cancer, according to the American Cancer Society, which noted that, on average, American adults are inactive about eight waking hours a day.
Participants in the study wore portable devices called accelerometers, to measure movement, for seven days and carried smartphones with them. Some who had smartphones received reminders about the health risks of sitting too much and encouraging them to stand up and move around. A control group of other study participants did not receive the reminders.