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Early Adult Reduction of weight through LifestYle intervention (EARLY) Trials

Formerly Targeted Approaches to Weight Control for Young Adults


Project Period: 8/15/2009 - 5/31/2014
Contact: Dr. Catherine Loria

This program consists of 6 cooperative agreement grants that will conduct two-phase clinical research studies to refine and test innovative behavioral approaches for weight control in young adults 18-35 years of age at high risk for weight gain. During the first phase of the studies, formative research will be conducted to refine the proposed intervention, recruitment, retention, and adherence strategies targeted to young adults. The second phase of each study will consist of a randomized controlled trial to test the efficacy of the intervention. These interventions address weight loss, prevention of weight gain, or prevention of excessive weight gain during pregnancy. Specific target populations include pregnant and postpartum women, community college or university students, and young adults trying to quit smoking. Most of the interventions are technology-driven using novel methods such as mobile phones, social networks, webinars, podcasts, and web-based college curricula.

NIH Press Release, "Trials use technology to help young adults achieve healthy weights "

Last Updated March 2011


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