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Researchers seek participants in Rome, Camden-based health studies

Carly Stone
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Posted 7/5/22

A university-led research project that could benefit the health of Rome and Camden residents is seeking paid participants to be a part of this innovative opportunity.

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Researchers seek participants in Rome, Camden-based health studies

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A university-led research project that could benefit the health of Rome and Camden residents is seeking paid participants to be a part of this innovative opportunity.

The Change Club Project – led by Cornell University and Texas A & M Agrilife Extension – aims to identify what community resources contribute to a healthier lifestyle, be it a walking trail, mobile farmers’ market, community garden, or improved school snacks, for example. 14 Change Club members from Rome and Camden each will have the opportunity to collaborate to implement their own project, unique to their community, while providing valuable data to track its effect on their health, if any, over a three year time span. Club members will also be involved in a six month health curriculum.

Rome and Camden Change Clubs will receive up to $5,000 each in funding to complete their community projects.

Along with the club members who decide their local project, researchers are seeking additional participants to engage in the study and provide data. All participants, including club members, will be compensated a $75 gift card or cash (via the Zelle app) for each time they complete one set of the following data collection activities:

  • 30-minute online survey;
  • online food diary of what you ate for 1 day;
  • 7 days of tracking and reporting your daily activity (e.g., steps).

Participants must also provide body measurements including height, weight, and waist circumference.

Information collected will be used to evaluate the projects.

This is a three-year long study, with evaluations being conducted first with an initial enrollment baseline, then again in approximately 12 months, 24 months, and lastly 36 months – a total of four data collection points.

Participants will receive bonus compensation if all three years of evaluation activities are completed: Change Club members receive a $150 bonus, and other participating residents receive a $75 bonus. Over the span of the study, Change Club members and community participants can earn up to $450 and $375 in total, respectively.

The local project is expected to be identified and implemented sometime within the study’s first year, explained Program Leader Olivia Raynard.

Between Rome and Camden, one community will be randomly selected to complete their project and study first, Raynard said. The other community will immediately follow.

Rome and Camden residents can join the Change Club Project by visiting changeclubproject.com today.

For questions, email changeclub@cornell.edu.

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