Participants needed for study on health-related behaviour

According to Statistics Canada, almost 50 percent of Canadians—17.5 million people—are either overweight or obese, with obesity on the rise. Because of the increased risk of disability, disease, and premature death, and the strain that obesity has placed the healthcare system, one graduate-level study at Trinity Western University is looking at ways to improve health-related behaviour among Lower Mainland residents.

As part of his thesis research, TWU master's student Ben Schulz will introduce healthy ways to enjoy eating and exercise to study participants, and then monitor behaviour results. Schultz is looking for Langley residents to take part in the research, particularly those interested in improving overall health and fitness.

Participants will complete questionnaires about levels of physical activity, nutrition, and other health-related habits. They will also view a 35-minute videotape about ways to enhance health, and then report on their own health behaviour for the following two months.

“I think general health—particularity as related to exercise and nutrition—has become a national problem,” says Schultz. “That's why I've decided to study behavioural patterns and the ways in which people are successful in improving overall physical health. The more we learn about successful and unsuccessful ways of improving health, the more empowered we'll be to make the appropriate changes.”

All study responses will remain confidential, and will be used only by the researchers in the form of group summaries. Questionnaires will be destroyed upon project completion. All individuals have the right to withdraw from the study at any time. As a way of thanking participants, a 50 dollar draw will be held at the conclusion of the study. Anyone interested in participating in the study is encouraged to contact the project staff at (604) 513-2121 ext. 3888 or email schulz@agape.twu.ca.

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts university enrolling over 3,500 students this year. With a broad based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 38 major areas of study ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 13 other graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and leadership.

Last Updated: 2015-07-20
Author: Keela Keeping