Participants needed for text message weight-loss study

Weight loss 

Western Sydney University students at the University Centre for Rural Health (UCRH) are conducting research to investigate how regular text messages from health experts can assist with weight loss and healthy habits.

The Text 4 Health! Study will see participants split into two groups who receive different kinds of advice on how to potentially reduce their weight and create healthy habits.

Study coordinator Dr Sabrina Pit says the study will hopefully benefit the participants and provide the basis for further research into effective healthy lifestyle programs

"The aim of Text 4 Health! is to compare the value of different motivational techniques on health habits. Whichever group they join, participants will receive positive health tips free-of-charge, as well as contributing to scientific knowledge," says Dr Pit.

UCRH director, Professor Ross Bailie says this project is one that can potentially benefit the local community.

"This study is another example of how our Western Sydney University students and researchers are engaging in projects highly relevant to the community," says Professor Bailie.

"It's fair to say that most of us can benefit from improving our fitness and health, and having this information in the palm of the hand is an ideal use of commonplace technology."

The research will be conducted across an eight week period with all participants asked to record their weight and hip and waist measurements, and complete a short survey at the start and finish of the study.

To be included in the study participants must be employed, over 18 years of age, have access to a smart phone, not be involved in another weight control program and not be taking any medication that causes weight loss or gain.

The study is confidential and participants may withdraw at any time.

The study is being conducted by Western Sydney University students, supervised by Dr Sabrina Pit. (Ethics no: H11327)

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29 November 2016

Elliott Richardson - Media Assistant