Volunteers are needed for a weight loss study that will focus on rural women in southeast Nebraska who have dropped some pounds recently but need help keeping them off.
Dr. Teresa Barry-Hulquist, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, says it’s not always complicated — sometimes regular activities can do the trick.
“It can be as simple as going up and down the stairs in your house more times during the day,” Dr. Barry-Hulquist says. “Vacuuming is a physical activity. It doesn’t have to be going to a gym or a wellness center. Those are great things but you may or may not have access to them.”
The study will focus on women between the ages of 40 to 64 who have lost at least five-percent of their body weight in the past six months.
Barry-Hulquist says she grew up in a rural area and wanted to focus this study on women who are now in that environment, not metro areas like Omaha.
“Sometimes the resources in rural areas aren’t as prevalent as they would be in a bigger city,” she says.
The volunteers should be from rural southeast Nebraska, specifically from Nemaha, Johnson, Otoe, Pawnee, and Richardson counties.
For more information or to sign up for the study, call (402) 559-6538.
By Nate Gonner, KNCY, Nebraska City