The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is spending $379,500 on a study that sends texts to adolescents encouraging them to walk.

The “Txt Me: Texting Motivational Messages Encouraging Adolescent PA” (physical activity) is being conducted by the Baylor College of Medicine. The study began in January of 2011 and will be funded through the end of this year.

“The physical activity to be promoted is walking, which has broad appeal and can be performed as part of usual-day activities,” according to the Clinicaltrials.gov description of the study.

The NIH grant description says, “This application will test the feasibility of promoting PA to 14-17 year olds using text messages tailored to constructs from Self Determination Theory.”