The majority of people eat a poor quality diet, are physically inactive, don't sleep enough, and have high stress levels. The Make Better Choices - 2 study may help people to change these unhealthy ways. Read more here to learn how!
We are recruiting people with an unhealthy lifestyle to participate in a 9-month healthy lifestyle intervention. Target behaviors include a diet low in fruits and vegetables, low physical activity, high recreational “screen time”, insufficient sleep, and high levels of stress. Over time these behaviors place people at risk for developing problems including diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. The purpose of this study is to test whether a behavioral intervention supported by technology can help people to improve their lifestyle and their health.
All participants will receive regular telephone coaching and be given an Android smartphone to use for 9-months. The smartphone is equipped with software that is customized to help people make better choices and improve health. In some treatments, participants change three behaviors at once. In others they start with two behaviors before adding a third behavior. Participants will also have the chance to earn money for achieving their goals. Participants are asked to attend a total of 4 in-person sessions, which will include providing 3 blood samples. All appointments will be held on Northwestern University’s Chicago campus at
680 N. Lake Shore Drive. Chicago, IL 60611. Free parking and compensation will be given for attending each in-person visit.
Participants will be assigned randomly to 1 of 3 possible treatments that address different combinations of lifestyle behaviors that include:
Eating more fruits and vegetables
Accumulating less leisure “screen time”
Being more physically active
Getting more sleep
Reducing stress levels
You may be eligible to participate if you:
Are between 18-65 years old
Will be living in the Chicagoland area for the next 9-months
Are NOT currently pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding
Do NOT have an unstable medical condition
Are willing to track your lifestyle behaviors using a smartphone for 9-months