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Get Paid to Implement New Year's Resolutions for Diet & Exercise

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Would you like to be paid to participate in a study to improve your health for 2014? Investigators at Duke University Health System are seeking volunteers to participate in the ENLIGHTEN RESEARCH STUDY. This six-month trial is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and will try to determine the effects of diet and exercise on cardiovascular health and cognitive function in older adults. People who complete the trial get $470. More importantly, they are likely to be healthier at the end of the study.

The study is being conducted in central North Carolina, so you will need to be reasonably close to the three centers that are supervising the exercise program: The Center for Living near Duke, Meadowmont in Chapel Hill, or Duke Raleigh. 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.

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.

We cannot think of a better way to start 2014 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.

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/

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Payment only if subject participates in both Weight & Diet study. If they choose one or the other alone, then you really don't get a 'choice' as you will be put into a 'blind' study. And I was told you would not be compensated as much.

Also, you would have to drive to Durham for those. Only subjects signed up up for both weight and diet can access the Raleigh facility. I am sure there will be flaws and the results will not be conclusive.

People's Pharmacy response: We appreciate those who choose to participate in studies, even if the study turns out to be imperfect. We often urge people to try lifestyle changes first, but more evidence is needed on the benefits of exercise and weight control, particularly for cognitive function. This study is one step towards that evidence.

We just read your post and apologize for the misinformation and apparent confusion about the ENLIGHTEN study. ALL participants will be compensated up to $470 for successfully completing the entire 18-month program, regardless of participants' group assignment.


There are 4 groups: Health Education (weekly phone calls); Exercise (3 months of supervised exercise and 3 months of home-based exercise); Diet (weekly sessions with a nutritionist focusing on the DASH diet); or Combined Exercise and Diet (both Exercise and Diet conditions).

Because this is a randomized clinical trial, participants cannot chose which one of the 4 groups they receive(assignment is based on chance--like flipping a coin). However, for participants who get randomly assigned to the exercise condition, they can choose which exercise facility is most convenient for them--Duke-Raleigh on Executive Drive in Raleigh, UNC Wellness Center at Meadowmont in Chapel Hill, or Duke's Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center on Hillandale Rd in Durham.

I hope this information clarifies the issues posted above.

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