VITAL Study

Enroll in the VITAL study today by calling 352-273-5919.

STUDY TYPE
Diabetes/Prevention

STUDY PURPOSE
The purpose of the VITAL research study is to evaluate the effect of the WW (formerly known as Weight Watchers) program on blood sugar control.

ABOUT THE STUDY
Potential participants will undergo a screening visit for eligibility that will last approximately 1.5 – 2 hours. All assessments will be conducted at the University of Florida Institute on Aging in the Clinical and Translational Research Building.

Upon completion of baseline assessments, eligible participants will receive a voucher code that provides 6 months of access to the WW program and instructions for redeeming the code. The program will include access to weekly Virtual Workshops and the WW App.

Workshops, led by one WW Coach and one WW Guide will remain consistent across 24 weeks. Each Workshop will last 30-60 minutes and will include a new topic each week related to building healthy habits, behavioral skills to support behavior change, check-ins to discuss the previous week, and group discussion on the week’s topic. Follow up assessments will occur at 12 weeks and 24 weeks.

STUDY DESIGN
Number of Visits:

  • 1 screening visit to determine eligibility
  • 2 additional study visits

Procedures include:

  • Medical history
  • Height and weight
  • Waist circumference
  • Vital signs (pulse and blood pressure, etc.)
  • Blood draw
  • Self-report measures

STUDY QUALIFICATIONS
To qualify for this research study, participants should:

  • Have a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes
  • Be between the ages of 18 – 70 years old
  • Have a BMI between 27-50 calculate your BMI
  • Have access to an iOS smartphone device with internet

* You may not qualify for this study based on other eligibility criteria not listed. The study coordinator will go over this information in detail.

STUDY DURATION
Participation in the study will last approximately 24 weeks.

COMPENSATION
Compensation of up to $225 is offered for the successful completion of this study in addition to 6 months of WW program access.

STUDY CONTACT
If you are interested in volunteering for this research study, call 352-273-5919 or email recruit@aging.ufl.edu.