Rural Lifestyle Intervention Treatment Effectiveness Trial (Rural LITE)
Recently, the lab finished actively working on a study called Rural Lifestyle Intervention Treatment Effectiveness Trial, or Rural LITE. The research is supported by a $3.6 million grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.
The Rural LITE research program built on the success of one of our previous studies that tested the effectiveness of a weight-loss program with long-term follow-up counseling services for women in rural counties. In the previous study, we found that the participants who received extended care were able to maintain their weight loss at higher levels than those participants who only received printed health education as a follow-up. In addition, telephone counseling was as successful as in-person counseling, giving a cost-effective alternative to face-to-face visits that is more convenient for rural residents who may need to travel long distances for care.
From Rural LITE, we hope to determine the minimum intensity of treatment required to produce clinically meaningful, long-term weight loss in underserved community settings. We hope the results of this study will address two major barriers to research translation to underserved rural populations: the lack of infrastructure to offer services and the absence of an empirical database indicating the treatment dose that will produce the most significant long-term weight loss.
Treatment of Obesity in Underserved Rural Settings (TOURS)
The primary purpose of this study was to learn about ways to help overweight women from rural areas to manage their weight and increase their physical activity. The primary goal of the study was to find out what types of follow-up programs for weight management are useful in helping overweight people to keep from regaining lost weight. The study also looked at the ways that long-term weight-loss treatments affect blood pressure, blood fats (lipids), blood sugar, and physical fitness.