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Using Facebook to Increase Social Support for Physical Activity: The INSHAPE Study

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Trial Information

Using Facebook to Increase Social Support for Physical Activity: The INSHAPE Study

Inclusion Criteria:

- female

- under the age of 25

- currently enrolled full time or part time student at the University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill

- classified as an undergraduate

- answers no to all questions on an exercise risk factor questionnaire (PAR-Q) or is
cleared in writing by a physician to participate in an independent exercise program

- a score of less than 3 on the SCOFF eating disorders questionnaire

- less than 30 minutes per day of self reported moderate or vigorous physical activity

- regular Facebook use as defined by self reported owning of an account and use of at
least 30 minutes per day

- willing to provide informed consent

- willing to participate in the intervention

- literate in the English language.

Type of Study:


Study Design:

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Prevention

Outcome Measure:

Mean perceived social support for physical activity scores on the Peer/Friend Support for Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Scale.

Outcome Description:

The primary outcome measure is the mean score of a 19 item, 7 point scale that measures the frequency of social support interactions over the previous 6 weeks.

Outcome Time Frame:

10 weeks

Safety Issue:


Principal Investigator

David N Cavallo, MPH

Investigator Role:

Principal Investigator

Investigator Affiliation:

UNC Chapel Hill


United States: Institutional Review Board

Study ID:




Start Date:

December 2010

Completion Date:

May 2011

Related Keywords:

  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Cancer
  • Obesity
  • Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Obesity



University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, North Carolina  27599