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ACTive Community Project

The University of Canberra Health Research Institute (UC-HRI) and Data61 are undertaking the first ACT-wide study involving Fitbit Activity Tracker users to create a detailed picture of health and physical activity levels of Canberrans.

Researchers will study how data from activity trackers can help identify lifestyle behavioural risk-factors for the prevention of chronic disease, e.g. type 2 diabetes, heart disease.

Using data from activity trackers and wearable devices, we can aggregate de-identified data into groups and sub-populations and examine how your work, home and neighbourhood environment can have impact on your physical activity levels.

Findings from the project will be used to inform future city planning for Canberra so we can live in a city which encourages and enables physical activity for all.

Logo and name of the ACTive Community projectHow do I join?

Joining the project is simple. Just complete a registration form online at which will automatically connect your Fitbit(tm) account to the project and the data which is normally sent to Fitbit™will also be available to the University of Canberra Health Research Institute team.

This project has been approved by the University of Canberra’s Human Research Ethics Committee, HREC 16-104.

What do I get for participating?

In addition to being involved in a project to help create a more active friendly city, you can sign up to the “MyHealth” option which will give you a health report card on lifestyle risk that you can take to your GP or health practitioner to provide them with extra information about you.

Location based activity information will also be available to give Canberrans a glimpse of the activity levels in their own suburbs, and to compare yourself with those living close-by or in other suburbs across the ACT; an insight which may inspire community commitments to improve their activity levels.

You can also opt to receive information about local health-related events in your area, find out where the most popular places people in Canberra like to walk or cycle, and to find out how ‘walkable’ your neighbourhood really is.

Participants signing on can also enter the draw to win a new Fitbit(tm) Surge, valued at about $399.00

Free Prize Draw - Fitbit SURGE

We gave away free prizes to 10 people who were selected at random from the prize draw. Some of these winners did not want their name listed on our website, but those who agreed to having their names listed are shown below:

1. Prue Robson
2. Stuart Strutt-Shotton
3. Hannah Townsend
4. Daniel Raca
5. Lucy Simic
6. Thomas Roberts

Where can I get more information?

Additional information is available through the ACTive Community website or by emailing the University of Canberra Health Research Institute -