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Get Paid to Get Healthy!

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We know it sounds too good to be true, but the ENLIGHTEN RESEARCH STUDY is recruiting people from central North Carolina (the general Research Triangle Park area of the Piedmont) to participate in an investigation of diet and exercise. Will such a program improve cardiovascular health and cognitive function in older adults?

This is a six-month trial funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). People who complete the trial get $470, but more importantly, they are likely to be healthier at the end of the study.

In the spirit of full disclosure, we want you to know that this Duke University study will in part be sponsoring The People's Pharmacy radio show for the next several weeks. But we would be supporting this research regardless. We think that it is crucial to learn whether a healthy diet and an exercise program can improve heart health and brain function and we are pleased to help recruit people for this study.

The diet that will be tested is called DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension). It has been well studied and has been shown to help lower blood pressure. The aerobic exercise program involves a 10-minute warm up and 30 minutes of walking, biking or using an elliptical machine or treadmill plus 5 minutes of cool down and stretches. The exercise will be supervised at the Center for Living near Duke, Meadowmont in Chapel Hill or at Duke Raleigh.

Should you wish to participate in the ENLIGHTEN study, you can call (919) 681-4747 and tell them The People's Pharmacy sent you. Or visit the Duke website for more information:

http://sites.duke.edu/enlighten/

We cannot think of a better way to start the new year than by signing up for a healthy diet and regular exercise program that will assess cardiovascular health and cognitive function. To get paid $470 in the process is just icing on the cake.

 

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Just the incentive I need to develop and maintain a program. If accepted, I'M IN!

Please describe (or post a link that describes) the 10-minute warmup and 5-minute cooldown and stretching. Too bad I don't live in the area!

Do hope you consider structuring such a program for remote viewing/participation e.g. "Sit & Be Fit" now on our PBS station in WV. Those of us who live in remote areas look forward to our daily "workouts" via TV. This is particularly true for us really senior citizens unable to chance the snow/ice on roads and pathways.

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