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.
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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, Jessica Betts at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Prvention 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
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. Please contact Karla Manning at (866) 962-9288 or email@example.com for more information. Learn more