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A randomized controlled trial on virtual, team-based, exercise and community building

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HMS students, MGH residents, and MGH attendings are eligible for this study. You may click the registration button above or below to read more about the study and provide consent to participate. Briefly...

1. You will fill out a 5 minute survey.

2. After the enrollment period ends, you will receive an email with your randomization assignment into either the intervention group (virtual, team-based exercise for all six months) versus control group (usual exercise for the first three months and virtual, team-based exercise for the second three months).

2a. Intervention group: you will also receive your random team assignment for the first three months and instructions on how to sync your favorite wearable or smartphone app (MapMyFitness, RunKeeper, etc) with our FitRankings platform.

2b. Control group: you will also receive your random team assignment for the second three months and instructions on how to sync your favorite wearable or smartphone app (MapMyFitness, RunKeeper, etc) with our FitRankings platform.

3. After successful registration to FitRankings, you will be emailed a code which enables you to select one of the above athletic tshirts to be shipped to you, for free. 

 

4a. Intervention group will engage in three months of virtual, team-based exercise.

4b. Control group will engage in three months of usual exercise.

 

5. After three months, both groups will be asked to complete a 5-10 minute mid-study questionnaire, the completion of which will earn you one raffle ticket for prizes.

5a. Intervention group will be re-randomized onto new teams for the second three months. These teams include participants from both intervention/control groups.

5b. Control group will have already signed up during step 2b and will receive a reminder email that their three months of virtual, team-based exercise is starting.

6. After three more months (six months total), both groups will be asked to complete a 5-10 minute post-study questionnaire, the completion of which will earn you one raffle ticket for prizes.​

7. Throughout the study, raffle tickets for prizes (apparel, waterbottles, pens, etc.) will be awarded to individuals who send pictures of group activities (group pelotons, runs, yoga events, virtually-coordinated zoom workouts, etc.) to trial@medmotion.org. Group activities may be with members your own team or other teams!

 
Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQs

FitRankings FAQs

General FAQs

  • Do I have to exercise or upload my activities if I register?

    • No! You may exercise as little or as often, and while your activity will be automatically uploaded if you register a wearable or smartphone app, you are not required to upload anything.

  • If I did not exercise much during the first three months, can I still participate in the second three months?

    • Yes! You can still participate in second 3 months regardless of your activity in first three months.

  • If I was randomized to the control group, may I still exercise in the first three months?

    • You are encouraged to maintain your usual level of activity for the first three months.​

  • Can I only exercise with my team?

    • No! We encourage community building with your team, but also with other teams.​

  • How do I earn prizes?​

    • Raffle tickets will be awarded for referring friends during registration (one to the referred member and one to the referring member).

    • Each participant who completes the pre-study survey and registration will receive a custom performance, athletic, New Balance x MiM T-shirt.

    • Raffle tickets will be awarded for completion of study surveys (one for the mid-study survey, one for the post-study survey, and two additional tickets for completion of all three surveys).

    • Raffle tickets will be awarded to those who send pictures of group activities to trial@medmotion.org (one to whomever sends the picture, and one for each of the study participants featured in the picture and named in the email - we will not manually identify participants in pictures.

      • Most anything will be considered a group activity as long as ≥2 study participants are featured, including but not limited to group pelotons, runs, yoga events, virtually-coordinated zoom workouts, etc.

  • What do raffle tickets get me?

    • Tickets will enter participants in a raffle for prizes that may include 40 performance, athletic, special-edition-Harvard MiM x New Balance T-shirts, 50 MiM water-bottles, 300 MiM pens, and more.

  • Can I order other MiM apparel outside of this study?

  • How can I contact members of my or other teams to coordinate group activities?

    • The contact information of those who consent for this information to be shared with study participants will be provided upon registration.

FitRankings FAQs

  • What is FitRankings and what is it for?

    • ​FitRankings is a universal activity-tracking platform that will automatically track user activity from your favorite wearable (Garmin, FitBit, Apple, etc), or smartphone app (MapMyFitness, RunKeeper, etc.) and convert any kind of activity you choose to track into standardized Metabolic Equivalent of a Task (MET) minutes. ​

  • Is my wearable or smartphone app compatible with FitRankings?

  • Can I still participate if I don't have a wearable or smartphone app?

    • ​Yes. If you don't have a wearable, most smartphone apps are free and will sync with FitRankings (they recommend MapMyFitness). You can also manually upload your activities to FitRankings as shown in one of these tutorial videos.

  • What will be done with my data?

    • ​Team and individual total MET minutes will be displayed on a leaderboard on our website: https://www.medmotion.org/leaderboard. Activity data will be merged with survey data and de-identified prior to analysis.

  • I am having trouble registering for FitRankings; where can I go for help?

    • Here are a few video tutorials and you may also visit fitrankings.com/support to contact them for help.

  • Where can I go to learn more about FitRankings?