Activation of Young Men - Population-Based Randomised Controlled Trial (MOPO)
The aim of the study is to investigate different novel IC technologies for promoting physical activity and health and preventing obesity in young men. The purpose is to provide new evidence-based knowledge on the effectiveness of an ICT-based physical activation and to identify factors predicting a positive response.
- to identify the factors associated with physical activity and physical activity relationship in young men
- to develop an interactive method, based on peer networks, aimed at activating young men with use of their own skills, participation and modern ICT
- to assess the effectiveness of the chosen activation on the physical activity, weight, fitness, health, and relationship towards physical activity among young men
The study population consists of all conscription aged men in the Oulu area in 2011-2013 (n=4000). Conscription-aged men provide a large, population based representative sample of young men. In Finland military service is mandatory and annually all 18-year old men are called for military service. In the call-ups fitness for service is determined based on medical examination.
All those who are determined fit for service or who are granted postponement due to obesity will be invited for the activation intervention study. Those with severe obesity are exempted from service, but will also participate in the trial. After the call-up, the men will be randomised to an intervention group and a control group. The primary outcome variable is change in physical activity.
The study will be conducted during 2011-2015. The study includes technology development (ICT platform), collection of cross-sectional data at the call-ups, and a 6-month physical activity intervention (a randomized controlled trial) implemented between the call-up and start of military service. Game mechanics are integrated into the ICT platform to increase user engagement and participation.
Physical activity, fitness (aerobic and muscular), body composition,lifestyle and psychological and physical health will be followed. In addition, the subjects' entry into military service and its course will be followed.
|Obesity Well-being Quality of Life Depression||Behavioral: physical, psychological and social activation|
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
|Official Title:||Activation of Young Men - Population-Based Randomised Controlled Trial|
- physical activity [ Time Frame: 6 months ]physical activity measured continuously over the 6-month trial
- weight [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
|Study Start Date:||September 2013|
|Study Completion Date:||April 2014|
|Primary Completion Date:||March 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
All those determined fit for service or who are granted postponement will be included in the activation intervention. The physical activation intervention will be implemented between the call-up and start of military service. The activation group utilises an ICT platform that will be developed.
|Behavioral: physical, psychological and social activation|
No Intervention: control
no access to the activation platform
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01376986
|University of Oulu|
|Oulu, Finland, 90014|
|Study Director:||Timo Jämsä, PhD||University of Oulu|
|Study Director:||Matti Mäntysaari, MD||Finnish Defence Forces|
|Study Director:||Raija Korpelainen, PhDemail@example.com|