Behavioral Economics for Activity Motivation in Adolescents (BEAM)

  • End date
    Aug 1, 2024
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    University of Pittsburgh
Updated on 25 November 2021


There is an urgent need to engineer targeted physical activity interventions that are effective and scalable for obese adolescents and young adults (AYA) with type 2 diabetes (T2D), who often have very low levels of physical activity. The BEAM Trial is a proposed mobile health (mHealth) intervention that uses behavioral economic-informed financial incentives and text messaging to promote physical activity in AYA with T2D and prediabetes.

Condition OVARIAN CYST, Diabetes (Pediatric), type 2 diabetes, diabetes type 2, Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2, type 2 diabetes mellitus, type ii diabetes, pre-diabetic, Insulin Resistance, prediabetic state, Diabetes Prevention, Diabetes Mellitus Types I and II, Ovarian Cysts, pcos, noninsulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Diabetes Mellitus, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Diabetes Mellitus Type 2, polycystic ovary disease, Prediabetes, NIDDM, Glucose Intolerance
Treatment 1RLD, 1RLW, 1RGD, 1RGW, 2RLD, 2RLW, 2RGD, 2RGW, 1FLD, 1FLW, 1FGD, 1FGW, 2FLD, 2FLW, 2FGD, 2FGW
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04874415
SponsorUniversity of Pittsburgh
Last Modified on25 November 2021


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Inclusion Criteria

) Males or females age 13 to 22 years
) Overweight or obese (BMI 85th percentile for age/sex, or 25 kg/m2 for participants 18 years)
) Diagnosis with prediabetes or type 2 diabetes
) Consent (subjects 18 and older), Parental/guardian permission (subjects 13-17), assent (subjects 13-17)
) Willingness to wear Fitbit during waking hours daily for duration of run-in and intervention
) Possession of a smartphone

Exclusion Criteria

) Potential subject unable to speak or read in English
) Severe cognitive impairment
) Permanent or temporary physical disability that impairs ambulation or precludes engagement in MVPA
) Current pregnancy
) Previously-diagnosed or current restrictive or purging eating disorder
) Moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) >30 minutes per day or Fitbit wear < 4 days during second week of 2-week run-in period
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