Volunteers for research needed 

Researchers at the University of Queensland are looking for healthy adults 60 years and older to participate in a project investigating how accurate the commercially available Garmin Vivofit®4 is at measuring steps in treadmill, indoor and outdoor walking at different walking speeds and on different everyday surfaces.    


Monitoring activity and daily step-count may provide additional motivation to increase activity levels in older adults. Commercially available devices such as the Garmin Vivofit® 4 are increasingly being used more and can 

help to increase activity levels. We would like to find out how accurate this device is at recording step count in different settings and walking speeds, in older populations.  

 What will you be required to do? 

 Before any assessment takes place, we will need to perform a six-question cognitive screening test over telephone to make sure you are eligible to participate which may identify evidence of a cognitive decline. If you are eligible to participate, we will ask you to attend a 90-minute assessment at the University of Queensland (St Lucia Campus) and wear two portable activity monitors which will measure steps taken during three different walking tests (treadmill, 40m indoor circuit and a 200m outdoor walk). 


Parking costs at the University of Queensland will be covered by the research team.


If you want more information, or are interested in participating, please contact

Jacinta Foster at: Jacinta.foster@uq.edu.au or via telephone at 07 3365 4564