Peer Education, Exercising and Eating Right - Obesity Prevention in Freshmen Women (ProjectPEER)

The recruitment status of this study is unknown because the information has not been verified recently.
Verified January 2010 by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Recruitment status was  Active, not recruiting
Sponsor:
Information provided by:
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01043614
First received: December 10, 2009
Last updated: January 6, 2010
Last verified: January 2010
  Purpose

Project PEER utilizes a randomized controlled study design to investigate the combined effects of an exercise and nutrition intervention that is based on self-efficacy principles and delivered primarily by peer educators to reduce the risk for obesity in female college freshman over one academic year (N = 300). The control group will receive minimal interaction from the research team, paralleling the typical freshman experience on the UIUC campus. Recruitment will take place in two waves (consecutive fall terms with n = 150).

During the final year (Fall 2010) of the project, a General Education course will be offered that targets weight management. Importantly, the discussion groups for this course will be taught by peer educators trained using the peer resources further refined during the PEER project. In addition to conventional measures of content knowledge assessed in the college classroom when obtaining class credit, personal physical activity and nutrition behaviors along with behavioral determinants (self-efficacy, self-regulatory skills and outcome expectations) will also be assessed.

Primary Aim 1: To determine the effectiveness of a peer-delivered self efficacy-based behavioral intervention to enhance nutrition and physical activity behaviors and subsequently weight management success in female university freshman over one academic year. We hypothesize that freshmen randomized to the intervention group will be more successful in losing or maintaining weight than the control group through a combination of diet and physical activity strategies.

Primary Aim 2: To examine the role played by social cognitive factors in changing nutrition and physical activity behaviors across one academic year. We hypothesize that self-efficacy will have both a direct influence on behavior and an indirect effect through its influence on self-regulatory skills and outcome expectations.


Condition Intervention
Obesity
Behavioral: PEER group intervention

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Project PEER: Peer Education, Exercising and Eating Right

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Further study details as provided by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Anthropometric measures (eg; weight, hip/ waist dimensions) [ Time Frame: Baseline, 3 mo, 8 mo, 1 y and 2 y follow up ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Self-efficacy measures for physical activity, nutrition [ Time Frame: Baseline, 3 mo, 8 mo, 1 y and 2 y follow up ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 300
Study Start Date: August 2008
Estimated Study Completion Date: May 2010
Estimated Primary Completion Date: May 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Peer group education
Small groups of female college freshmen facilitated by peer educators
Behavioral: PEER group intervention
An exercise and nutrition intervention that is based on self-efficacy principles and delivered primarily by peer educators to reduce the risk for obesity in female college freshman over one academic year

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   17 Years to 19 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Female
  • In first year on campus, enrolled full-time, and in residence on the UIUC campus
  • Aged 17-19 yrs (minors will be required to obtain parental signature on the IRB form)
  • Free from any chronic disease/condition that would alter ability to exercise or preclude diet manipulation such as diabetes, hypertension or pregnancy.
  • Free from an eating disorder as assessed using the Eating Disorder Inventory
  • Free from any medications that would alter adiposity or psychological outcomes
  • Sedentary or participation in non-professional recreational activity
  • Non-smoking
  • Body mass index (BMI) between the 50th and 95th BMI-for-age percentile

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Male
  • Status other than freshman or enrolled for entire year
  • Not living on campus
  • Smoking
  • Pregnant
  • Competitive athlete
  • Chronic condition that would alter ability to exercise or preclude diet manipulation such as diabetes, hypertension
  • Eating disorder as assessed using the Eating Disorder Inventory
  • Taking medications that would alter adiposity or psychological outcomes
  • Participation in competitive athletics
  • BMI outside parameters
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Locations
United States, Illinois
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, Illinois, United States, 61801
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Ellen M Evans, PhD Uiversity of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Ellen M. Evans, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Principal Investigator, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01043614     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2007-04574
Study First Received: December 10, 2009
Last Updated: January 6, 2010
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign:
Obesity
Obesity Prevention
Freshman women
Freshman 15 weight gain
Self efficacy
Activity and nutrition intervention
Peer education

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Obesity
Overnutrition
Nutrition Disorders
Overweight
Body Weight
Signs and Symptoms

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on August 28, 2014