Researchers at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s College of Nursing in Norfolk are working with the Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department to develop a smartphone app to help men in rural areas lose weight.
Data shows that 69% of rural Nebraska men are currently overweight or obese and during midlife, there’s an increased prevalence. Clinical Researcher, Dr. Christine Eisenhauer says, “Rural, midlife men age 40 to 69, they are currently exhibiting rising rates of cardiovascular disease. We are trying to address this issue by developing a preventive health resource for rural men that’s assessable and acceptable to them.”
The study will determine which of two smartphone basted interventions are most feasible and effective for rural men. One group will receive a premium version of a self-monitoring app that allows men to track their weight over time and daily text messages. The second group will receive the basic version of a commercially available app. Men will self-monitor their weight, eating and activity for three months. The overall goal is to see if smartphone technology can help rural men lose weight by self-monitoring their eating and activity.
The Rural Men’s Health Study is a three year, $380,885 clinical trial funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Nursing Research.
UNMC researchers are recruiting 80 men to take part in the study. They must be age 40 to 69 and have a body mass index of 28 or higher. Those wanting more information can call 402-844-7923 or 402-844-7897.