Cleveland Clinic Employee Healthplan
1. What is the Pebble?
The Pebble® is a one-inch electronic physical activity monitor that clips to an individual’s shoe, belt, waistband, or bra to measure his or her physical activity. The Pebble looks like this:
In 2014, to qualify for Healthy Choice premium advantages, Shape Up & Go! participants will need to track at least 100,000 steps or 600 physical activity minutes—or both—every month using the Pebble.
The Pebble records physical activity automatically, so you won’t need to manually track steps and exercise minutes via the Shape Up & Go! website anymore.
2. How does the Pebble work?
The Pebble measures an individual’s physical activity via a mini sensor board within it called a 3-axis accelerometer.
When you wear the Pebble and walk past a wireless access point—also called a “sync point”, your steps or physical activity minutes will automatically upload to track your participation in Shape Up & Go!.
Wireless access points (sync points) are being installed at all Cleveland Clinic hospitals and family health centers that allow you to upload your activity. A spouse or a plan member at a smaller or remote facility will be able to order a personal sync point to install on their home or work computer. NOTE: If both you and your spouse are participating in Shape Up & Go!, your activity information can also be uploaded via your spouse’s personal sync point.
3. What types of activities does the Pebble track?
The Pebble can detect walking, running, biking, swimming and activities on exercise machines, like ellipticals and stationary bikes — but it does not count resting time. The Pebble filters out non-step motions and provides a more accurate step count or activity time compared to other activity monitors such as pedometers. Moderate physical activity such as gardening and house cleaning will also track as activity minutes.
4. Is the Pebble waterproof?
Yes — for up to 100 feet.
5. Does the Pebble track my location?
No, unlike other devices the Pebble only tracks activity and does not have GPS in it.
6. Can more than one person use a Pebble?
No, the system is designed to allow only one person to use each Pebble.
7. How do I order a Pebble?
You can order one at no charge from this page of the Shape Up & Go! site starting this December.
Tracking Activity with the Pebble
8. Once I have my Pebble, how do I get started using it?
Your Pebble is registered to you when you order it. After you receive the device, simply clip it to your shoe, waistband/belt, or bra and “test” it by going for a walk.near a sync point. After you accumulate a few minutes of data, walk within range of the sync point and your data will automatically upload.
9. My spouse received a sync point to upload data. Will my Pebble upload via this device too?
Yes. If you and your spouse are both participating in Shape Up & Go!, your information can also be uploaded via the sync point your spouse received.
10. What is the minimum amount of activity I need to track via Shape Up & Go! each month?
Starting in 2014, “healthy” EHP members participating in Shape Up & Go! will need to a minimum of 100,000 steps or 600 exercise minutes each month.
11. How should I wear the Pebble for the most accurate tracking?
For all day activity monitoring, the Pebble can be worn on your foot, waistband/belt, or bra. For more strenuous activities, such as running, biking or elliptical training, the Pebble should be worn on the foot for the most accurate results. Whether you wear the Pebble on your foot or your waist, you should always make sure the Pebble is securely fastened.
12. How about putting the Pebble in my pocket?
The Pebble may provide some activity measurement if it’s in your pocket, but it won’t be as accurate there as it would be from your shoe or waist.
13. How do I activate the display on the Pebble and measure my progress?
Hold it still and tap it 5 times to a steady beat. When it’s activated, you should see green lights displayed on the Pebble’s screen. Tapping activates the Pebble to cycle 1 full loop through all 12 lights. The Pebble will then go into a second loop of lights to indicate how far along you are towards achieving your daily goal.
The Pebble is programmed for a daily goal of 5,000 steps, so if half—or six—of the lights are displayed, you are halfway to your daily goal. You can also change your daily step goal if you wish. See FAQ Number 20 below explains how to do that.
You can check on your number of steps online at the Shape Up & Go! website. Click on the tracking tab to view your data.
14. Do I need to activate the Pebble’s display for it to monitor my activity?
15. How do I know if my physical activity and data have “synced”?
If the lights on the Pebble are pulsing, there is at least 5 minutes of activity data to sync. If the lights on the Pebble are solid, there was a recent successful data sync.
16. Does the Pebble include “resting” time when I am working out?
No. It is a highly accurate activity measurement device and only measures activity. This means any seconds or minutes of resting time during a workout will not be recorded.
17. If I go on vacation, will my Pebble still track my activity if I am far away from my sync point?
Yes, the Pebble has a very good memory. It will remember and store all of your activity data on average for 21 days depending on how active you are. A very active person’s Pebble may hold closer to 14 days’ worth of activity information. With a less active person, the Pebble will hold closer to 30 days’ worth of activity information.
If for some reason you go longer than 30 days without offloading your activity information, the Pebble will overwrite the new activity information over the old, starting with the oldest day of recorded information.
If you have a personal sync point, you can take it with you as you travel and download the software to a compatible computer while on vacation. You will need to install the software on any computer you use to offload data.
Note: When you return from vacation give your Pebble enough time to offload the first time you are near an access point. For a two-week vacation, as long as 1 to 2 minutes may be required to upload data.
18. Can I manually enter data for days I forgot my Pebble?
No, the platform is configured to only accept data directly from the device.
19. Can I change my settings so my Pebble displays activity minutes?
No, the device is preconfigured to display only steps. You can see how many activity minutes and steps you have online at the Shape Up & Go! website.
20. Can I change my goal that the lights on the Pebble are based on?
Yes. Log into your Shape Up & Go! account and click on the "Tracking" tab. You will see a box on the right labeled “Personal Goals”. To change these, click on “Edit”. Note: Only steps goals are linked to and displayed on the Pebble.
Battery Life, Replacements, More Information
21. How long will the Pebble battery last?
The replaceable CR2032 battery will typically last 6 to 12 months, based on your activity level.
22. Do I need to charge my Pebble’s battery?
The Pebble does not need to be recharged. It has a battery similar to a watch battery so when it gets low you can replace it.
23. How do I know how much Pebble battery life is left?
When the Pebble display is activated, the lights will be green if the battery is good or red if the battery has less than 2 weeks’ of life remaining.
24. How do I change my Pebble’s battery?
The Pebble was designed for easy battery replacement. To change the battery, follow these directions:
You can also watch this video to learn how to replace a Pebble battery.
25. I’m wearing my Pebble alongside a pedometer. Why is the data for the two devices different?
All pedometers are engineered differently and have different sensitivity of motion levels. Some pedometers pick up random motions, like tapping of your foot, and count this as steps. The Pebble is a highly accurate activity measurement device and is able to filter out non-step motions and provide a more accurate step count.
26. What happens if I lose or damage my Pebble?
You can order a replacement Pebble from Shape Up & Go!, but you will be charged cost of the Pebble plus shipping and handling.
27. Whom do I contact with additional questions?
Please contact Employee Health Plan Customer Service at 216-448-0800 (toll-free: 866.811.4352) or at email@example.com.