UTMB study to test effects of zombie app

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by UTMB Office of Communications/ The Daily News

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Posted on June 28, 2013 at 9:33 AM

GALVESTON — Having trouble getting motivated to exercise? Well, a University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston behavioral-science researcher has come up with something that should get you off the couch and moving. Zombies.

That’s right, the walking dead — as presented in a smartphone “audio adventure” app called “Zombies, Run!”

UTMB assistant professor Elizabeth Lyons recently received a $140,000 grant from the American Heart Association to study the efficacy of the game in encouraging people to increase their activity levels. “Zombies, Run!” is designed to be used by walkers or joggers, and each of its audio “missions” is accomplished by actually walking or running, as monitored by a smartphone’s GPS or accelerometer.

Click here to read more at the Galveston County Daily News.

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