Citizens across the North invited to get moving and help heart research in UK digital health first

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Posted on the 12th October 2017

Nokia and the Connected Health Cities (CHC) programme have launched CityMoves, an eight-week step challenge taking place from 23rd October to 21st December 2017.

The challenge promotes healthy living and the positive use of data and technology in health and research and is an opportunity for citizens across the North of England to help advance science’s understanding of how low-intensity exercise improves heart health.

Participants will be able to track their steps through the Nokia Health Mate app that also allows users to measure their pulse rate using their smartphones camera.

Join the challenge now

The project will be delivered across Connected Health Cities four city regions including Greater Manchester, Yorkshire, Liverpool and the North West Coast and Newcastle and the North East. Each region will be able to see how the amount of steps they have taken over the period compares to the others’.

As well as daily updates on the dedicated website, each week users will get personalised feedback with information about their progress and how they compare to others from across the North.

Throughout the eight weeks of the challenge CHC and Nokia will keep people motivated with motivational content, seasonal tips to get moving more, hundreds of fitness tracker give-aways and awareness messages on how to keep your heart healthy.

After the 8-week period de-personalised data will be sent to The University of Manchester’s Connected Health Cities programme where data scientists will look for changes in heart rate across the study period.

Prof John Ainsworth, Director of Connected Health Cities said: “More effective use of data and technology has great potential to deliver health benefits for all of us. The CityMoves study is a great example for people to see the positive impact that their data can have.

“In CityMoves study we aim to develop a better understanding of the relationship between increased physical exercise and resting heart rate, a key indicator of health.”

To join the programme participants can register at, choose their team and begin measuring their steps and watch as they rise up their team’s leader board.


CityMoves launches at Manchester Science Festival’s Citizen Science Showcase on the 21 & 22 October 2017 at The University of Salford’s MediaCityUK campus. TV, photo and interview opportunities available.

For more information please contact Stephen Melia, Communications Lead, Connected Health Cities Tel: 07557 310 213

Interviews available via telephone:

  • Prof John Ainsworth, Director, Connected Health Cities
  • Dr Mary Tully, Head of Public Engagement, Connected Health Cities

About Connected Health Cities

Connected Health Cities (CHCs) safely and securely combines population data and technology to address chronic disease burdens and reduce early mortality across the North of England.  Uniting experts from academia, NHS and industry CHC is improving services for patients and building public partnerships founded on trust and transparency.

Funded by the Department of Health and commissioned by the Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA), The University of Manchester coordinates four CHC regions located in the North East and North Cumbria, the North West Coast, Greater Manchester and Yorkshire. @CHCNorth #DataSavesLives

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