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Arnold School of Public Health

Completed Research

iReach1 – Internet Assisted Obesity Treatment

Behavioral weight control programs are effective in helping overweight and obese individuals lose weight and improve their health.  This study was the first to examine the same behavioral program delivered in-person compared with online; the only aspect in which these programs differed was the channel by which it was delivered.

iReach2 – Internet Assisted Obesity Treatment Enhanced by Motivational Interviewing

Our earlier study indicated that a group behavioral obesity treatment program delivered totally over the Internet produced clinically significant weight loss among overweight and obese individuals but the average weight losses were lower than those achieved with an in-person version of the same program. This study compared weight losses achieved with the online group program compared with the same program PLUS individual online Motivational Interviewing (MI) sessions.

NETworks for Weight Loss

More than two-thirds (69%) of adults in the United States are overweight or obese which is linked to high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, arthritis and some cancers.  This pilot feasibility study examined whether a behavioral weight control program that engages the natural social support system of participants through the shared use of technology and social media produces better weight loss outcomes than a standard group-based behavioral weight control program alone.

Take a STAND 4 Health 

Take a STAND 4 Health was a smartphone-based sedentary behavior reduction study that examined whether a 4-week multicomponent behavior intervention helped individuals reduce their sedentary time and whether that change in sitting time improved blood pressure.

College Student Lifestyle Behaviors Survey

The purpose of this study was to look at the physical activity, sedentary behavior (sitting time), eating habits, stress levels, and sleep patterns of undergraduate students at the University of South Carolina. Study participation required completing two surveys focused on  typical lifestyle behaviors, at the beginning of the Fall 2018 and a second one later in the semester to see whether things might have changed.  The survey was brief, taking up to 20-30 minutes to complete. 

Fitbit and Social Support Study in Knee Replacement Patients

The purpose of this research study  was to learn more about physical activity levels in patients during the first year after knee replacement.  Specifically, this study looked at how the use of Fitbits (wrist worn activity monitor) and social support influenced physical activity levels after surgery. 

Sitting Survey

Identifying Beliefs about Sedentary Behavior and Sedentary Reduction 
Program Preferences in Older Adults with Knee Pain or Knee Replacement

The purpose of this study was to examine the beliefs about sedentary behavior and preferences for physical activity or sedentary reduction programs using technology among older adults with knee pain or knee replacement.

Promoting Physical Activity via Physical Therapist Following Knee Replacement - The PATH Study

The purpose of this proposed project is to conduct a pilot randomized controlled trial to examine the feasibility and preliminary efficacy of a physical therapist led physical activity intervention on physical activity levels in TKR patients after surgery.

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