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Parents Wanted for a Research Study about Fruit, Vegetable, and Whole Grain consumption

We are conducting a research study to collect opinions from families about eating fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. The information will help us develop programs and educational materials for families about healthy eating.

If you agree to take part in the study, you will be asked questions during a one time 30-45 minute interview.

Who is eligible?

  • Individuals with children ages 3 to 10 years old who participate in EFNEP, SNAP, WIC, and/or Head Start programs, and able to speak and understand English.

You may not directly benefit from this research. However, we hope that your participation can assist us in learning how to help families eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

For your participation, you will receive a $20 gift card.

To learn more about this project, please contact:
Dr. Amy Mobley at amy.mobley@uconn.edu or 860-486-3681.
Molika Chea at molika.chea@uconn.edu or 203-518-2700.

This research study was approved by the UConn IRB, Protocol H12-229.


Understanding Father's Influences on a Young Child's Diet and Physical Activity

The University of Connecticut's Department of Nutritional Sciences is looking for fathers of children ages 3 to 5 years old to take part in an interview. The purpose of this study is to talk to fathers in a semi-private setting about their family's eating and physical activity habits. The one-time interview will last up to 90 minutes at a local community or campus site during a convenient time.

Who is eligible?

  • Fathers (18 years and older) who have at least 1 biological child between the ages of 3 and 5 years old and eat at least one meal per week with the child.
  • Able to speak English

Fathers may not directly benefit from this research. However, participation may help us understand how fathers influence their child's dietary and physical activity behaviors and body weight. In addition, we hope to learn how family habits can help prevent childhood obesity.

Participants will receive a $25 gift card after the interview.

To learn more about this study, contact Rachel Vollmer at rachel.rogers@uconn.edu or 860-486-3681. This research is conducted under the direction of Dr. Amy Mobley, RD in the Department of Nutritional Sciences. This research study was approved by the UConn IRB, Protocol H13-021


Understanding Family Influences on a Young Child's Diet and Physical Activity

The University of Connecticut’s Department of Nutritional Sciences is looking for parents of children ages 3 to 5 years old to take part in an interview. The purpose of this study is to talk to parents in a semi-private setting about their family’s eating and physical activity habits. The one time interview will last up to 90 minutes at a local community center or campus site during a convenient time.

Who is eligible?

You must answer YES to all of these questions to be eligible:

  1. Are you a parent (18 years and older) of at least 1 biological child between the ages of 3 and 5 years old?
  2. Are you or your children eligible for food stamps, WIC, or the Head Start program?
  3. Are you able to read and understand English?
  4. Are there both a biological mother and father in your household who would be willing to participate?
  5. Do the biological mother and father eat at least 1 meal with the child per week?

Parents may not directly benefit from this research. However, participation may help us understand how parents influence their child’s dietary and physical activity behaviors and body weight. In addition, we hope to learn how family habits can prevent childhood obesity.

Participants will each receive a $25 gift card after the interview.

To learn more about this study, contact Rachel Vollmer at rachel.rogers@uconn.edu or 860-486-3681. This research is conducted under the direction of Dr. Amy Mobley, RD in the Department of Nutritional Sciences. This research study was approved by the UConn IRB, Protocol H13-021


The Effects of a Dietary Supplement (TA-65) on Individuals with Metabolic Syndrome.

The University of Connecticut departments of Nutritional Sciences are looking for participants to take part in a research study. The purpose of this study is to see if the dietary supplement intervention (TA-65) could help individuals with Metabolic Syndrome decrease the risk of Type 2 Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease. Participants will be asked to come to the University of Connecticut in Storrs approximately 9 times during the duration of the study. Trips include refilling supplements every four weeks, 5 blood draws, filling out paperwork, periodic blood pressure measurements, waist circumference measurements, as well as weight measurements.

To qualify for this study you must be:

  • Between the ages of 40 and 70
  • Have metabolic syndrome (have 3 or more of the following characteristics):
  • High blood pressure, High plasma triglycerides, high fasting glucose, low HDL or high waist circumference
  • No history of diabetes, liver disease, renal disease, heart disease or cancer
  • No glucose lowering agents

The benefits of participation in the study:

  • Free cholesterol testing
  • Participants will receive $250 at completion of the study.

To learn more about the study please contact Kolin Ebron or Amanda Missimer at starsatuconn@gmail.com. This research is conducted under Maria-Luz Fernandez of the Nutritional sciences department. This research study is approved by the Uconn IRB, Protocol H12-256


Reduction of obesity-associated intestinal inflammation by low-fat dairy yogurt.

The University of Connecticut Department of Nutritional Sciences is looking for healthy, obese volunteers to take part in a research study. The purpose of this study is to find out how yogurt affects intestinal health. Participants will be asked to visit the study center in Storrs CT, for 5 visits over a period of 11 weeks. You will be asked to have blood pressure measurements taken, provide blood samples, to avoid particular probiotic foods, and keep track of your diet twice.

To qualify for this study you must be the following:

  • Premenopausal woman
  • Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) between 30 and 40 (If you are unsure of your BMI, please go to http://nhlbisupport.com/bmi/)
  • Healthy, without cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, arthritis
  • 21 to 55 years old
  • Willing to eat 12 oz of yogurt or soy pudding daily for 9 weeks
  • Willing to consume a high-calorie breakfast and have blood samples taken hourly for 4 hours at 2 visits
  • Visit the study center weekly to pick up yogurt or pudding

The benefits of participation in this study are that you will learn your BMI and blood pressure, which can inform you of your health status. Additionally, you will help scientists better understand the connection between diet and inflammation.

Participants will receive up to $300 for completing the study.

To learn more about this study, contact Diana at uconn.yogurt@gmail.com or 860-420-9841. This research is conducted under the direction of Dr. Bradley Bolling in the Department of Nutritional Sciences. This research study was approved by the UConn IRB, Protocol H12-168.


The effect of chokeberry polyphenols on biomarkers of cardiovascular disease and antioxidant defenses in former smokers.

The University of Connecticut Department of Nutritional Sciences is looking for volunteers to take part in a research study. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of an antioxidant-rich chokeberry supplement to reduce cardiovascular disease risk in former smokers. Participants will be asked to visit the study center in Storrs CT, for 4 visits over a period of 16 weeks. You will be asked to have blood pressure measurements, 4 blood and 2 urine samples, avoid particular antioxidant-rich foods, and keep track of your diet twice.

To qualify for this study you must be the following:

  • former smoker who smoked at least 3 cigarettes per day for at least a year
  • quit smoking for 6 months or longer
  • healthy, without cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, arthritis
  • 18 to 65 years old
  • willing to ingest a dietary chokeberry supplement or placebo daily for 12 weeks
  • willing to stop taking other multivitamins or dietary supplements

The benefits of participation in this study are that you will learn your blood cholesterol and triglycerides as well as your blood pressure, which can inform you of your risk for cardiovascular disease. Additionally, you will help scientists better understand the connection between diet and cardiovascular disease risk.

Participants will receive up to $200 for completing the study.

To learn more about this study, contact Terry Vance at chokeberry.study@gmail.com or 860-420-6897. This research is conducted under the direction of Dr. Bradley Bolling in the Department of Nutritional Sciences. This research study was approved by the UConn IRB, Protocol H11-311.

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