Childhood obesity is now recognized as a public health priority in the United States. This problem is even more pronounced in low-income and Medicaid populations. Promotion of physical activity is an important part of wellness and preventing childhood obesity but receives little attention despite published guidelines promoting physical activity by the American Academy of Pediatrics. In response to this we have created “Pediatricians Prescribing Play”, a prescription-based mobile application that allows Geisinger Pediatricians to engage at-risk pediatric patients in physical activity through an interactive mobile platform. This project involved the design, development, and dissemination of a mobile app with a 30-day exercise routine integrated into it. Evidence-based exercises were inserted into interactive games. At the time of presentation, 350 pediatric patients between the ages of 5-12 years old were recruited. All participants were at or above the 70th percentile BMI and also utilized government-funded healthcare. Among the 350 patients recruited on a rolling basis, there was a total of 1190 completed exercise sessions, with an average of 3.4 sessions per patient at the time of analysis. The average age of players was 9.4 years old. In conclusion, this app serves an a scalable, novel mobile application to increase physical activity in the pediatric population with minimal operating costs.
Recommended CitationCornell, Max, "Pediatricians Prescribing Play: A Scalable Mobile Platform to Increase Physical Activity" (2021). Master of Public Health Capstone Presentations. Presentation 410.