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SPARK a Healthy and Fit Lifestyle (SPARK)

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified March 2012 by The Miriam Hospital.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
The Miriam Hospital Identifier:
First received: April 12, 2012
Last updated: April 16, 2012
Last verified: March 2012
The purpose of this study is to determine the best format for delivering a brief behavioral weight loss intervention to young adults 18-25 years of age.

Condition Intervention
Obesity Behavioral: Face-to-Face Behavioral: Web-based Behavioral: Single session

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: SPARK a Healthy and Fit Lifestyle

Further study details as provided by The Miriam Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Weight [ Time Frame: 2 months (post-treatment) ]

Estimated Enrollment: 45
Study Start Date: February 2012
Estimated Study Completion Date: November 2012
Estimated Primary Completion Date: August 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Face-to-Face
8 sessions of weekly group behavioral weight loss treatment
Behavioral: Face-to-Face
Face-to-Face behavioral weight loss
Experimental: Web-based
Participants receive one group face-to-face session followed by 7 web-based lessons, reporting of key behaviors, and feedback on progress.
Behavioral: Web-based
Web-based behavioral weight loss
Active Comparator: Single Session
Single session behavioral weight loss
Behavioral: Single session
The core of behavioral weight loss, including calorie and activity prescriptions, are delivered in a single group treatment session.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 25 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 18-25 years old
  • body mass index 25-45
  • willing to be randomly assigned to any of the 3 arms
  • available during the time frame of the study
  • willing to complete assessment visits at 0, 2, 4 and 6 months

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Age or BMI outside of eligible range
  • Medical condition that would interfere with weight loss or make unsupervised physical activity unsafe
  • Pregnant or nursing within 6 months
  • recent weight loss >10% of body weight
  • History of eating disorder
  • Substance abuse or dependence
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01578512

Contact: Jessica LaRose, PhD 401-793-8283

United States, Rhode Island
Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center, the Miriam Hospital Recruiting
Providence, Rhode Island, United States, 02903
Contact: Jessica LaRose, PhD    401-793-8283      
Principal Investigator: Jessica G LaRose, PhD         
Sub-Investigator: Rena R Wing, PhD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
The Miriam Hospital
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
  More Information

Responsible Party: The Miriam Hospital Identifier: NCT01578512     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: DK083440
Study First Received: April 12, 2012
Last Updated: April 16, 2012 processed this record on July 27, 2017