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Moves app: a digital diary to track physical activity and location
  1. Kelly R Evenson1,2,
  2. Robert D Furberg2
  1. 1 Department of Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
  2. 2 RTI International, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Kelly R Evenson, Department of Epidemiology, University of NC, Gillings School of Global Public Health, 137 East Franklin Street, Suite 306, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27514, USA; kelly_evenson{at}

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The Moves app ( was launched in January 2013. The app uses global positioning system (GPS) technology, Wi-Fi and cell towers along with samples of the smartphone's accelerometer data to record location, physical activity (eg, walking, bicycling and running) and transit throughout the day.1 In the account settings, users can provide their email, gender, weight, height and birth year. From these assessments, the app provides an estimate of physical activity duration, distance, steps and calories expended. The Moves app graphs a storyline of the day by accounting for time spent in travel and visiting destinations. Daily routes are automatically mapped in different colours based on the type of transport (eg, walking, bicycling, and public …

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  • Contributors KRE drafted the article and RDF reviewed the article several times, and made substantial contributions. Both authors approved the final version submitted to the journal.

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