Lose Now North Carolina Community Weight Loss Program (Lose Now NC)

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : June 8, 2012
Last Update Posted : February 24, 2017
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Deborah F Tate, PhD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

June 6, 2012
June 8, 2012
February 24, 2017
June 2012
November 2012   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Weight change [ Time Frame: 4 months ]
Change in weight from baseline to 4 months
Same as current
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  • Diet [ Time Frame: 4 months ]
    Change in diet as assessed by ASA 24
  • Physical Activity [ Time Frame: 4 months ]
    Change in Physical Activity as assessed by Paffenbarger Exercise Questionnaire
  • Lipids [ Time Frame: 4 months ]
    Change in lipids
  • Hemoglobin A1c [ Time Frame: 4 months ]
    Change in HbA1c
  • Blood Pressure [ Time Frame: Baseline to 4 months ]
    Change in Blood Pressure from Baseline to 4 months
Same as current
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Lose Now North Carolina Community Weight Loss Program
Lose-Now-NC: Feasibility of a Large Group Format Community Weight Loss Program Coupled With Internet Support
The Lose Now NC research study aims to determine feasibility by delivering a community based weight loss program for 4 months in Kannapolis, NC in a large group format compared with smaller group format, (recruiting approximately 225 participants from Mecklenburg and Cabarrus counties and randomizing them to large or small group in-person sessions coupled with an interim internet program) to examine reach and recruitment potential, pilot intervention procedures, collect process measures to determine satisfaction, adherence, attrition, and estimate weight loss for planning a larger trial.

Cancer is the leading cause of death in North Carolina (NC); over 17,400 deaths were attributable to cancer in 2009. Obesity is also a widespread problem; 65% of NC adults were overweight or obese in 2009. Obesity has been linked to risk of several cancers, most notably breast and colon cancer, and also to decreased survival rates. Thus, due to the prevalence and linkage of obesity to major cancers, helping adults to lose weight is necessary to reduce cancer burden statewide.

Fortunately, modest weight losses of only 5 to 10 percent of total body weight have been shown to improve health and are achievable with behavioral lifestyle modification programs, considered the "gold standard" intervention. To date, weight loss via lifestyle modification has been shown to be more effective, and more cost-effective, than pharmaceutical intervention for reducing risk of chronic disease. However, these "gold standard" programs are very time and resource intensive; involving weekly face-to-face (F2F) sessions with groups of 10-20 participants for, at minimum, 16-24 weeks followed by bi-weekly contacts for up to 2 years. To combat this problem investigators, including those from this investigative team, have explored using the Internet to deliver weight loss programs. Internet programs are modestly effective producing 4-7% weight loss (at 6 months) or roughly ½ of what intensive F2F programs can achieve. Internet programs that involve substantial human contact via e-mail produce the best outcomes, yet limit dissemination, and those that involve only automated feedback suffer from low utilization over time. What may be optimal is a hybrid model involving fewer F2F visits coupled with an Internet program. We are currently investigating an alternative F2F approach whereby participants attend F2F visits once per month, as phase 1 of a 6-step, stepped care approach to treating obesity (R01 HL084400). The initial results are promising; at 3 months weight losses did not differ significantly between the monthly F2F approach and weekly F2F approach (-15.23 + 10.22 lbs. weekly vs. -12.32 + 10.26 lbs. monthly; p>.05). While the monthly program is ¼ of the visits of the standard treatment approach, the group size of 20 still severely limits dissemination. Delivering this monthly F2F approach in much larger groups (approximately 200 or more), coupled with an Internet program between sessions, may represent an effective and disseminable approach for achieving weight loss in NC communities.

A standard behavioral intervention based on the DPP and Premier trials will be adapted for this protocol. Behavioral weight control approaches are founded on teaching skills and providing the support necessary to enable participants to adopt lower calorie diets (e.g., 1500-2000 kcals per day based on starting weight) and moderate physical activity (e.g., walking) to produce energy deficits necessary to produce modest weight losses of 1-2 lbs per week. Based on findings from the focus groups and review of study design and expectations from the funding source to conduct pilot research that will lead to future funding and publishable findings, the main intervention has been finalized (since initial IRB submission). The intervention will consist of randomization to either Large Group + Internet or Small Group + Internet interventions. The main difference between the two study groups will be the size of the monthly group sessions. The internet program delivered in between monthly group sessions will be identical. Group sessions will occur at the Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) on a monthly basis in months 1 - 4. The internet program will be used between group sessions. The monthly sessions will begin with an individual, private, weigh-in, followed by a group session. One treatment arm will have large group sessions with interactive features and audience participation. The large groups will be comprised of approx. 125 participants, last approximately 1 hour, and be facilitated by a weight loss expert (dietitian, psychologist, exercise physiologist). The other treatment arm will have small group sessions and will consist of approx. 25 participants and will follow traditional behavioral weight control group session protocol with facilitation by the above named-experts. Participants will be encouraged to enroll in the study with up to two friend or family member support partners who are also meet eligibility criteria. Support partners will be randomized to the same treatment arm. The F2F sessions are coupled with a comprehensive Internet program tested previously by Tate et al that provides the self-monitoring tools, tailored automated behavioral feedback, tailored lifestyle content (lessons) resources, and social support (e.g. online message board) that participants will be encouraged to use in between monthly sessions.

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Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Behavioral: Group weight loss with companion internet
Monthly in-person group sessions with an companion internet weight loss intervention
  • Active Comparator: Large Group
    In person group sessions in large group format (up to 125 others)
    Intervention: Behavioral: Group weight loss with companion internet
  • Active Comparator: Small group
    Small group in person sessions (up to 25 other participants)
    Intervention: Behavioral: Group weight loss with companion internet
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November 2012
November 2012   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. 18-65 years of age. Older adults have more medical co-morbidities; since this community program has minimal face-to-face supervision, individuals age >65 will be ineligible.
  2. Body mass index (BMI) greater than 25.0 kg/m2.
  3. Access to the internet on at least a weekly basis.
  4. Ability to read, write and speak English.
  5. Ability to attend 4 monthly group sessions and 2 assessment visits (baseline and follow-up) at the Nutrition Research Institute.
  6. Possession and usage of an internet e-mail address or willingness to sign up for a free email account (e.g., gmail)

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Pregnancy during the previous 3 months, or planned pregnancy in the folliowing 6 month (study period including assessments and treatment).
  2. Current participation in another weight loss study or program (including weight loss medication) and unwilling to discontinue participation for the duration of the study.
  3. Insulin treatment for diabetes mellitus.
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult)
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United States
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Deborah F Tate, PhD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
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University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
February 2017

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