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    Looking for the latest research related to healthy eating, physical fitness, behavioral change, and weight loss? Our evidence-based blog is updated twice a week with summaries of recent health-related research and practical applications.

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  • Today I Will related research

    The Cooper Institute has a long history of developing and testing behavioral interventions to improve eating habits, increase physical activity, and reduce body weight. The education, activities, and tools found on this website are based on the efficacious materials used in the studies described below.

The Activity Counseling Trial (ACT) was a multi-center study conducted between 1995 and 1997 in part by The Cooper Institute and was sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. The purpose of ACT was to develop and evaluate ways primary care physicians could implement physical activity counseling to sedentary patients in a clinical setting in an effort to increase and maintain their physical activity and cardiorespiratory fitness.

Project ACTIVE was a study conducted at The Cooper Institute over a 24-month period between January 1994 and January 1996 and included 235 sedentary, healthy adults.

Funded by the U. S. Department of Defense TRICARE Management Agency (TMA), the Healthy Eating and Active Living in TRICARE Households (HEALTH) trial was conducted between 2005 and 2008 to identify a cost effective potential benefits program that would produce weight loss in overweight/obese patients.

Being overweight or obese is related to an increase in disease and early death. The number of overweight and obese men and women in the United States continues to increase, leading to a serious public health problem.

The Lifestyle Nutrition study was conducted from October 2001-April 2002 in which we tested a curriculum that focused on teaching adults lifestyle skills for improving the quality of their diet.

The PRIME (Physically Ready for Invigorating Movement Everyday) study was conducted at The Cooper Institute over a two year study period between January 1998 and January 2000. This study compared the dedication or adherence of two different groups to physical activity based on two different types of lifestyle activity intervention over six months.

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