OU research aims to find out if incentives lead to lasting lifestyle changes
t’s not unusual to pay a teenager in your neighborhood to mow your yard, but would you ever consider paying one to go to the gym? That’s exactly what researchers at Harold Hamm Diabetes Center at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center are doing, but for reasons you might not expect.
The research, funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health, focuses on how to motivate young people to make lifestyle changes that can help them avoid health problems, including overweight, obesity and diabetes.
It’s called the MOVE study, a research project that, as the name suggests, aims to motivate teens to get moving more.
“We’ve developed new protocols for treating diabetes in children, but nothing in terms of teaching those at risk to avoid the disease,” said Kenneth Copeland, M.D., co-principal investigator of the study. Copeland holds the Paul and Ann Milburn Chair in Pediatric Diabetes at the OU College of Medicine and director of pediatric programs at Harold Hamm Diabetes Center.
Over 4,500 babies in the United States die of SIDS each year. Some babies are more at risk than others. For example, SIDS is more likely when a baby is between 2 and 4 months old, it is more common in boys than girls, and most deaths occur during the fall, winter, and early spring months.
The holiday season can be very stressful. There’s often a dizzying array of demands — parties, shopping, baking, cleaning and entertaining, to name just a few. You can detour from your everyday routine, neglecting proper nutrition and regular exercise. All of this can lead to anxiety and even depression, or what is known as the holiday blues.