CityMoves an eight-week step challenge with Nokia

It goes without saying that fitness fills a massive part of our lives these days. In my today ‘s bog post I want to talk about a new challenge that  Nokia and the Connected Health Cities planing on organising. “City Moves” will be running for eight weeks from 23rd of October to 21 of December with the main goal to promote healthy living and the positive use of data and technology in health and research. It’s also an opportunity for citizens across Greater Manchester to help advance science’s understanding of how low-intensity exercise improves heart health.  Participants will be able to track their steps through the Nokia Health Mate app, which also allows users to measure their pulse rate using their smartphones camera.

The project will be delivered across Connected Health Cities four city regions including Greater Manchester, Yorkshire, Liverpool and the North West Coast and Newcastle and the North East. Each region will be able to see how the amount of steps they have taken over the period compares to the others.

As well as daily updates on the dedicated website, each week users get personalised feedback with information about their progress and how they compare to others from across the North – A bit of healthy northern competition! Throughout the eight weeks of the challenge CHC and Nokia will keep people motivated with motivational content, seasonal tips to get moving more, hundreds of fitness tracker give-aways and awareness messages on how to keep your heart healthy.

After the 8-week period de-personalised data will be sent to The University of Manchester’s Connected Health Cities programme where data scientists will look for changes in heart rate across the study period.

Prof John Ainsworth, Director of Connected Health Cities said:

 “More effective use of data and technology has great potential to deliver health benefits for all of us.   The CityMoves study is a great example for people to see the positive impact that their data can have.

“In CityMoves study we aim to develop a better understanding of the relationship between increased physical exercise and resting heart rate, a key indicator of health.”

To register yourself please follow this link HERE ,  you can then choose your future team and begin measuring your  steps and watch as they rise up their team’s leader board. I cannot wait to join the challenge! Meanwhile, I’ve already singed up to the Nokia Health Mate app and set the goal to reach 8,000 steps a day, with my new fitness pal activity tracker watch by Nokia called Steel I can easily monitor the progress, it makes the whole activity extremely exciting as well as adding some cool touch to my outfits;) I have to tell you, ever since I got this watch it’s been on my wrist every day and night ( it can also track the process of your sleep) and it definitely encourages me to move more!

What also helps me track my fitness progress is Nokia Body Cardio scales, a must-have gadget which can magically monitor all the essential information about your body: weight, body fat, muscle mass, body water, bone mass. The scales have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for connecting to the Nokia  Health Mate app so you can check your achievements in seconds at any time! Absolutely genius, you can find out more info and purchase both gadgets at   

Irena D


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