Stepping Forward: Using Mobile and Wearable Technology to Increase Physical Activity
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Expires on May 09, 2025
Credit Offered
1 CME Credit
1 COP Credit

Increasing physical activity levels offers many mental health as well as physical health benefits for patients with SMI. With cardiovascular disease as the single highest cause of mortality in patients with schizophrenia between ages 45-74, it is even more imperative to help patients stay active and fit. Recent evidence also suggests some types of physical activity can help improve often challenging to treat cognitive symptoms associated with schizophrenia. But despite these benefits, engaging the SMI community in exercise has traditionally been difficult. The recent rise of fitness trackers and health apps offers one potential solution through presenting patients and clinicians with new tools and resources to increase physical activity. This presentation explores the latest evidence about SMI, physical activity, and digital technology with the goal of informing learners of the current evidence for what technology can and cannot yet do towards helping patients become more active. Topics covered also include when to suggest such as part of the treatment plan, what to expect in terms of patient engagement and response, how to safely monitor physical activity, and finally how to incorporate such into treatment plans.

Learning Objectives

  • List three benefits of increasing physical activity in patients with SMI and three different mobile technologies that can help facilitate such.
  • Assess at least two benefits and two risks of using technology to increase physical activity in SMI.
  • Apply the four steps from the APA app evaluation model towards making a more informed decision about whether to use a certain exercise app, fitness tracker, or smartwatch with a patient who wants to become more physically active.

Target Audience

Counselor, Nurse/Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatrist, Physician (Non-psychiatrist), Physician Assistant, Psychologist, Peer Specialist/Peer Support

Instructional Level

Introductory; Intermediate

Estimated Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 1.0 hour
Program Start Date: May 9, 2022
Program End Date: May 9, 2025

How to Earn Credit

Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™ or a certificate of participation may do so by completing all sections of the course, including the evaluation. A multiple choice quiz is provided based on the content. A passing score of 75% must be achieved. Retakes are available for the test. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians) or certificate of participation (non-physicians) showing the completion date and hours earned.

Continuing Education Credit


The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The APA designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Faculty and Planner Disclosures


  • John Torous, MD, MBI. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School. Disclosure: Research Funding- Otsuka.


  • John Torous, MD, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Torous has no relevant financial relationships to disclose. (Reviewed on 5/2/22)
  • Teri Brister, PhD, LPC, National Alliance on Mental Illness. Dr. Brister has no relevant financial relationships to disclose. (Reviewed on 5/4/22)

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Funding for SMI Adviser was made possible by Grant No. SM080818 from SAMHSA of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by, SAMHSA/HHS or the U.S. Government.
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