During the last BSI-day (June 22, 2018) MyMovez-researcher Thabo van Woudenberg won the second price in the category ‘Best Paper’. In this paper, he describes a study in which peer influencers are used to stimulate other teens’ physical activity. Lately, much attention has been paid to the use of influential young people for various health purposes.
Previous research by MyMovez-researcher Crystal Smit already shows that this is an effective method for promoting water drinking among children and adolescents. Thabo van Woudenberg conducted a similar research, but then specifically aimed at promoting physical activity and the method he used was fully digital! Young people were trained online via smartphones to encourage classmates to exercise more.