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Welcome to the Pace-Up Trial

About us

PACE-UP is a Randomised Controlled Trial of a Pedometer Intervention to Increase Walking in Adults. It is organised and coordinated by St George’s, University of London and will be undertaken in selected general practices in South West London.

Purpose of the study?

Most adults are less physically active than they need to be to stay healthy. We want to find out if people aged 45-74 years can become more active if they are given a pedometer (a monitor that counts steps) with a physical activity diary and guidance on a 12-week programme to increase their walking. The programme will be tailored to their individual baseline physical activity level. We are also interested in testing whether offering individual support from a practice nurse will increase any benefits.

When will the study start and finish?

The study recruitment started in October 2012 and our last participant joined the study in November 2013. Our 3 year follow-up will finish in October 2016. For more details please see the "For Participants" page.

What's happening now?

We are now in the process of conducting a 3 year follow-up with all participants to see if their physical activity levels have been sustained beyond a year.

Ethical Approval

This study has been reviewed and given a favourable opinion by the London Hampstead Research Ethics Committee.

Concerns or Questions

If you are participating in the PACE-UP trial and have any concerns, problems or questions please get in touch using the details in the "contact us" page.




This project was funded by the National Institute for Health Research under the Health Technology Assessment Programme (project number 10/32/02).