IMPACT is a free (no fees to participate) program designed to teach young adult cancer survivors healthy ways to increase their physical activity and maintain it over time. It is also a 12-month research study funded by the National Cancer Institute that will test the effectiveness of a physical activity program delivered using mobile health tools and strategies.
If you enroll, you will be one of approximately 280 young adult cancer survivors participating in the study and contributing to this research.
What will I do in the program?
If you are eligible and enroll in IMPACT, you will be randomly assigned into 1 of 2 groups (which means you can’t choose your group). All participants will receive a Fitbit physical activity tracker, information about becoming more physically active, a digital smart scale, and access to a Facebook group.
Participants in one group will also receive text messages and be encouraged to use a physical activity website with personalized information on becoming more physically active over the course of the 12-month study. There are no classes to attend, and you can log on at any time that works for you.
All participants will also be asked to complete online questionnaires and other measurements at the start of the study and after 3, 6, and 12 months. You will be sent an Actigraph accelerometer (which you will later mail back) to track physical activity for 7 days, and a digital smart scale to measure your weight at all time points.
Most importantly, you will learn strategies that will help you promote a healthier lifestyle for today and the future.
What are the benefits of participating in IMPACT?
Research shows that regular physical activity after cancer treatment may be beneficial for cancer survivors and result in improvements in physical functioning, quality of life and fatigue. This program provides information and strategies to help you become more physically active.
You will receive a Fitbit activity tracker (valued at $100) and digital smart scale (valued at $100) to track your activity and weight.
Throughout the program you may benefit by receiving:
• Professional expertise (exercise physiologists, health educators, nutritionists, psychologists) and information to help you adopt strategies for increasing your physical activity
• Personalized feedback on your physical activity
• Support and opportunities to share your experiences with other young adult cancer survivors
This information is provided to you free of charge as a participant in IMPACT. You may also receive up to $160 for completing all study questionnaires and measurements.
By participating in this study, you will be contributing to the development of programs for other young adult cancer survivors who may struggle with physical activity after cancer.