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YMCA Weight Management Research Participants Needed

Make 2014 your year to get healthy! The YMCA of Metro Atlanta is looking for females ages 21 to 60 to participate in a new weight management research program. The goal is safe, effective and maintained weight loss through use of moderate exercise and changes in eating behaviors. There is no cost to qualified individuals.

This study is related to The Coach Approach, which was developed by the Y in 2003 as a highly supportive coaching process that helps build the habit of regular physical activity. The program will be conducted at the J.M. Tull-Gwinnett Family YMCA at 2985 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville, Ga., 30045.

Program participants must be female, 21-60 years old, have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 to 40, (for example, a female of five feet and four inches would be required to weigh between 174 and 232 pounds), and who are not exercising regularly, which is less than 20 minutes per week average for the past year. They must have a goal to lose weight, but not presently be enrolled in another weight-loss program. Participants cannot be pregnant or planning to become pregnant, cannot be taking psychological or weight loss medications, and cannot have a medical problem affecting eating, weight, or metabolic rates, or where calorie or fat restriction is a problem.

Study participants will receive full access to the YMCA for one year, including the swimming pool, wellness center and the walking track. The study begins Feb. 3, 2014.

Space is limited and filled on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information or to see if you meet the inclusion criteria, contact the J.M. Tull-Gwinnett Family YMCA Wellness Director Rhonda Tingle at rhondat@ymcaatlanta.org.

The Y is a powerful association of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn grow and connect. Visit http://www.ymcaatlanta.org or call 770-963-1313.

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