In modern society, a number of health issues can be traced back to a lack of physical activity or sleep.
Physical inactivity is the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality, and is the main cause of 21-25% of breast and colon cancers, 27% of diabetes cases and 30% of ischaemic heart disease. Likewise, sleeping less than seven hours a night can lead to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes as well as various metabolic and mental health issues.
MOVE eCloud will collect and analyse data on activity and sleep in an online database, enabling organisations to draw on datasets that can help them design products and services to improve health and wellbeing. The project focused on activity in older people, including those suffering from dementia of the after-effects of a stroke.
Information will be gathered using an accelerometer which will record a user’s movements as well as the length and intensity of activity, and provide summaries of this data for clinicians, researchers and healthcare professionals.
The resource will be fully scalable, enabling the analysis of a single family or an entire population. The aim is to create an open, not-for-profit community where knowledge and skills around activity and sleep can be developed and exchanged.
MOVE eCloud is a collaboration between the Digital Institute and MoveLab, which is based in the University’s Faculty of Medical Sciences.