Pay to Play: A New Approach in Diabetes Prevention

Monday, January 5, 2015

It’s not unusual to pay a teenager to babysit or to mow your yard, but how about paying one to go to the gym?  

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Pay to Play – A New Approach in Diabetes Prevention

December 18, 2014

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 0016blUniversity 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.

Senior Holiday Health Check

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

As families gather this week for the holidays, much of the focus will be on the younger members of the family …

OU Medicine Live Chat: Holiday Stress


Friday, December 19th at 10:15 a.m.

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.

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