Study Name: mPED Study (Motivational Physical Activity Education Study)

Sponsors: NHLBI

Principal Investigator: Yoshimi Fukuoka, PhD, RN


Who can sign up for this study? (basic inclusion and exclusion criteria)

Women who:

  • Are between 25 and 69 yrs of age
  • Are physically inactive
  • Would like to be more physically active
  • Have access to a home or mobile phone
  • Have no disabilities that limit physical activity
  • Are able to speak and read English
  • DO NOT have diabetes controlled by insulin (controlled by oral medication okay)


What is this study about?

This is a 12 month research study to test two different motivational physical activity education programs in physically inactive women. The study will compare pedometer and mobile-phone based programs to determine what is more effective in helping women increase their physical activity.

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What will happen in this study?



  • 12 month study
  • 7 UCSF Laurel Heights Research Office Visits (1 -2 hours long)
  • 2 Blood Draws
  • Women will be expected to wear a pedometer every single day for 9 months and reply to 2 messages on a mobile phone application for 9 months.


How long will this study last?

This is a 12-month study. Participants will be required to wear the pedometer and/or use the mobile phone application every day for 9 months. They will return their study equipment at 9 months and complete a telephone interview at 12 months.


Reimbursement: Participants may earn up to $80, a study t-shirt, and a study tote bag upon completion of all parts of the study.


For more information please contact:

Kristin Pham, MS, CSCS 
mPED Project Director 
UCSF Laurel Heights
Phone: 415-322-0520