•  The Center's major feature is the Energy Balance Laboratory and contains state-of-the-art instrumentation to measure 
					energy intake and energy expenditure. Funded by the National Institutes of Health, we investigate exercise, nutrition, prevention 
					of obesity, and weight loss in both adults and children.
  • The KU Weight Control Research Program 
					has helped me accomplish something that I have failed to do time and time again over decades on other programs -- change my eating and 
					exercise habits from unhealthy to healthy.  The program has been easy to follow with good results.  I lost over 35 pounds in 6 months 
					and I now exercise regularly. -- KU Weight Management Program Testimonial
  • What makes this program work 
						for me is a structured plan that is easy to follow, tangible results that include not only weight loss but
						other improvements in health including lowered cholesterol and blood pressure, the excitement that comes from dropping 3-4 clothing sizes,
					a phenomenal group of supportive participants in the program who encourage one another. --KU Weight Management Program Testimonial
  • The Center for Physical Activity 
					and Weight Management, one of the Life Span Institute's 12 affiliated research centers, leads major efforts to reduce childhood obesity 
					in elementary and middle schools including local afterschool programs.
  • The KU Weight Management 
						Program can help you obtain the skills and knowledge to lose weight while teaching you healthy lifestyle changes to maintain the weight loss.  We are dedicated to 
						helping participants lose weight and maintain that loss over time. The KU Weight Management Program has multiple locations for the Weight Control Research Project.

A.M.A. Recognizes Obesity as a Disease

The American Medical Association has officially recognized obesity as a disease. Read the full article

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Current Research Projects

Physical Activity and Academic Achievement Across the Curriculum (A+PAAC)

There is considerable interest in both improving academic achievement and reducing the rates of obesity and its associated negative health consequences in elementary school students. Our researchers are addressing these concerns with this 3-year research study funded by the National Institutes of Health. This study is designed to compare the traditional method of academic instruction to a method in which the regular classroom teachers deliver academic instruction through short bouts (10 to 15 minutes) of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity throughout the school day. There are 17 elementary schools and over 800 students in the area involved in the study. Our researchers are primarily focusing on understanding how incorporating physical activity into the classroom affects academic achievement. They are also examining how the addition of physically active lessons into the classroom affects cognitive function, cardiovascular fitness, BMI, blood pressure, blood chemistry, diet, and daily physical activity.

For questions, please contact Katherine Henley at krose18@ku.edu or by phone 785-864-0782.

Weight Loss Program for Individuals with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities

This study is designed to examine how two different programs impact weight loss and weight maintenance in individuals with mild to moderate developmental disabilities. Both programs involve monthly counseling meetings with a health coach and payment for keeping record of food and beverages consumed using picture forms.

For more information, please contact study coordinator, Lauren Ptomey at lptomey@ku.edu or by phone 785-864-5671.

1 set vs. 3 sets Weight Training Program

This study is designed to investigate the effects of two levels of resistance weight training on body composition, energy expenditure, and energy intake in men and women. The weight training will take about one hour to complete. You will perform the training 3 days per week for 9 months in a private exercise room equipped with state of the art equipment and a personal trainer to help guide you through the exercises. The project lasts 21 months total with one follow-up visit 1-year from your last training date. You will be required to stay in the Lawrence area and train 3 day/week over the summer and holidays. Our exercise facility is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 6am to 10am and Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 4pm-8pm. Learn More

Exercise and Brain Function Predictors

This study is designed to investigate brain structure differences that may help to predict those that are most successful in weight loss and weight maintenance. Learn more

Maintaining Weight Loss with Exercise

The Prevention Of Weight Regain study is designed to investigate exercise recommendations for the prevention of weight regain. You will participate in a 3 month reduced energy diet and aerobic exercise 5 days per week. You will then be randomly assigned to one of three exercise programs while consuming a weight gain prevention diet over a 12 month period. The project lasts a total of 15 months. This program will cover all aspects of successful weight reduction and weight management, including nutrition, physical activity, and the emotional/cognitive aspects of behavior change. Learn more

Second Life Intervention

Second Life Intervention for Weight Maintenance study is designed to investigate alternative delivery systems for prevention of weight regain. You will participate in a 6 month low calorie diet and aerobic exercise program taught by a health educator through weekly group conference calls. You will then be randomly assigned to continued use of group conference calls or to join the Second Life virtual reality island while consuming a weight gain prevention diet over a 12 month period. The project lasts a total of 18 months. The program will cover all aspects of successful weight reduction and weight management, including nutrition, physical activity, and the emotional/cognitive aspects of behavior change. Learn more

KU Weight Management Program

The KU Weight Control Research Project (WCRP) has been operating since the 1980's and consists of two branches: 1. ongoing externally funded clinical research projects and 2. minimal-research weight management programs. Both programs use a holistic approach to cover all aspects of successful weight reduction and weight management, including nutrition, physical activity, and the emotional/cognitive aspects of behavior change. We approach weight management as a lifestyle change, one that will be made over time and continued through life. *Fees Apply

Please contact Katie Cantu at (866) 962-9288 or weightloss@ku.edu for more information. Learn more