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Nutrition and Physical Activity Counseling for Nontraditional College Students

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Lisa M. Quintiliani, Boston Medical Center Identifier:
First received: August 5, 2011
Last updated: February 2, 2012
Last verified: February 2012
The purpose of this research study is to evaluate the effectiveness of two methods of delivering information about nutrition and physical activity to non-traditional college students. Participants will receive either a printed feedback report alone, or the feedback report in addition to a series of phone calls from a peer counselor. The peer counselors will provide nutrition and physical activity counseling using motivational interviewing techniques. Nutrition and physical activity outcomes will be measured for both groups and compared.

Condition Intervention
Health Behavior
Behavioral: peer counseling
Behavioral: Feedback report

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Feasibility of a Health Promotion Program for Nontraditional College Students

Further study details as provided by Boston Medical Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • physical activity and diet behaviors (fruit and vegetable intake, sugary drink intake, and fast food intake) [ Time Frame: 8 weeks ]

Enrollment: 60
Study Start Date: March 2011
Study Completion Date: December 2011
Primary Completion Date: December 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Feedback report plus peer counseling Behavioral: peer counseling
Participants receive 3 phone calls from a peer counselor to deliver counseling using motivational interviewing techniques focused on diet and physical activity behaviors over a 6 week period.
Behavioral: Feedback report
Participants receive a one-page printed feedback report displaying their current levels of nutrition and physical activity behaviors and tips for meeting recommended guidelines.
Experimental: Feedback report Behavioral: Feedback report
Participants receive a one-page printed feedback report displaying their current levels of nutrition and physical activity behaviors and tips for meeting recommended guidelines.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Currently enrolled undergraduate student at UMass Boston,
  • Have completed high school,
  • 24yrs old or older AND/OR part time students,
  • Noncompliant in at least 1 of 4 behaviors: fruit & vegetable intake, sugar sweetened beverage intake, fast food intake, or physical activity),
  • Willing to randomized into either study group,
  • Be able to give informed consent.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Have any contraindications to physical activity
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01412099

United States, Massachusetts
University of Massachusetts Boston
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02125
Sponsors and Collaborators
Boston Medical Center
Principal Investigator: Lisa M Quinitiliani, PhD, RD Boston Medical Center
  More Information

Responsible Party: Lisa M. Quintiliani, PhD, Boston Medical Center Identifier: NCT01412099     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 1R03CA139943 ( US NIH Grant/Contract Award Number )
NCI-2011-00671 ( Registry Identifier: NCI CLinical Trials Reporting Program )
Study First Received: August 5, 2011
Last Updated: February 2, 2012

Keywords provided by Boston Medical Center:
Fast Foods
Non-traditional college students
Motivational Interviewing
Peer Counselors
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