Description of Research Report: Validation of a Talking Pedometer for Adolescents with Visual Impairments in Free-Living Conditions
Regular physical activity can lead to decreases in health-related conditions such as obesity, diabetes, coronary heart disease, hypertension, anxiety, and depression (Centers for Disease Control [CDC], 2011; Pate et al., 1995). Developing a physically active lifestyle at an early age decreases the chances of developing those health-related conditions (CDC, 2011; Sothern, Loftin, Suskind, Udall, & Blecker, 1999). Unfortunately, less than half of all school-aged individuals (that is, those aged 4 to 18 years) report regular participation in vigorous physical activity (CDC, 2011). Compared to peers without visual impairments, school-aged individuals with visual impairments report even less physical activity (Haegele & Porretta, 2015; Kozub & Oh, 2004). Because school-aged individuals with visual impairments are less physically active than peers without visual impairments, they are at greater risk for developing health-related conditions (Haegele & Porretta, 2015).