Discipline: Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences
Subcategory: Physiology and Health
Diliorah Arah - Bowie State University
With the technology we have today, life has become substantially easier for day to day living. Communicating and interacting with people has never been simpler, but with the technological advances we are also able to do things such as traveling with the aid of GPS, checking bank accounts, checking the news, monitoring traffic while you’re driving as well as social media. With these possibilities already established, cell phone users should also be given the ability to have applications where they can promote health and maintain fitness. Our hypothesis is that the proposed fitness application will increase productivity and morale in the workplace. When it comes to the healthcare field, there have been many applications created to promote living healthy. Applications such as Nike+ Running where you can map out runs and track your exercise all while being motivated to do so. This proposed application gives the user specific generated exercises to keep them active while at the workplace. The user credentials are entered at the time of your registration. The credentials include: gender, age, work status, work type, height, weight and any medical diagnosis’. Once the user has finished the exercise for the day, user data is stored in a cloud database. We have used CodeName One to develop this fitness application for both Android and iPhone operating systems. One feature of this application we are trying to pursue is being able to see the progress of co-workers who are also using this application. In conclusion, we hope that this proposed application will help in keeping people fit and productive in the workplace. The proposed application is tested with a limited set of people. Future work will include conducting user studies for the mobile application after getting the IRB approval.
Funder Acknowledgement(s): The author would like to thank the National Science Foundation for supporting the project. This work is funded by the Grant Award Number HRD-1238784. The author would also like to acknowledge the support of the Virtual Reality Laboratory at Bowie State University.
Faculty Advisor: Sharad Sharma,