Heart disease and diabetes are public health issues that affect millions of people each year and are a focus for researchers across the globe, yet remain stubborn to solve. In an expression of the persistent reality that simple actions over time can solve complex problems, Tudor-Locke’s research trajectory began with discovering that counting steps can help people with Type II Diabetes, a group for whom finding the right exercise regimen is often a challenge.
“Academics talk about energy expenditure, percent CO2, percent heart rate — and people’s eyes glaze over. Step counting is something everyone can wrap their heads around and use to reach goals that can benefit their overall health,” she said.
One of the pioneers in the area, Tudor-Locke has established an internationally-recognized research program on the promotion of walking throughout the lifespan and the development of objective measures of physical activity using wearable technology.