APPROACH: Smart India engages youth in India via their smartphones to address critical data gaps in the second-most populous country in the world. This initiative is part of Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance, which is an international endeavour to synthesize, evaluate, and exchange active living evidence to inform policy and program interventions in more than 50 countries. Physical inactivity among Indian children and youth has consequences for the global economy, as youth in India will make up a significant proportion of the world’s workforce. The initiative is a strategic pilot that is allowing our team to test processes, identify barriers, and develop solutions to link big data across international jurisdictions via ethical engagement with youth. Smart India is informing an international digital epidemiological program to address child and youth health challenges across 10 middle- and low-income countries.
CONTEXT: Smart India initiative is currently being implemented in three cities: Mysuru, Chennai, and Delhi.
COHORT: The initial phase of this initiative focuses exclusively on children and youth, and the data obtained will address critical evidence gaps that were identified by the 2016 and 2018 India Report Cards on Physical Activity for Children and Youth.
PROCESS: Smart India is being implemented in collaboration with Active Healthy Kids India, non-profit organization co-founded by Dr.Katapally. Smart India is leveraging innovative methods that are currently being employed by the Smart Platform to collect physical activity and complex contextual data by engaging with Indian children and youth.