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2007.10.10 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@mail.unomaha.edu

Women Needed for Health Research Study

Omaha - Sixty percent of women are not getting the recommended amount of physical activity, and Associate Professor Jennifer White at the University of Nebraska at Omaha wants to lower that percentage one meeting at a time.

White is seeking women for a new research study to determine if social support mixed with Web-delivered information will promote physical activity and increase self-worth in women.

The project, named Women Bound to Be Active, is seeking women over the age of 19 who have started and stopped physical activity programs over the last six months and seek support in making lifestyle changes for their health.

The cost is $75 for books, materials, pedometers and two cholesterol screenings. It also requires a weekly commitment over the course of eight months.

Women interested in participating in the program should contact Jennifer White at (402) 554-3395 or visit www.womenboundtobeactive.com by Monday, Oct. 15.

“Women Bound to Be Active was created so that I could teach women to value themselves to be physically active,” White said. “Women tend to make themselves second priority and I wanted to teach them that it is OK to be first priority to enjoy a better quality of life.”

Women who sign up for the research study will gather weekly to discuss books and handouts that have been beneficial on staying active and healthy. They will use pedometers and keep weekly logs of their activity while being encouraged to find new methods of keeping fit.

“This is just the beginning of an avenue for many women to be connected, share their thoughts and experiences, and be empowered to maintain activity and take care of their health,” White said.

White founded the Women Bound to Be Active project in 2005. Part book club and part support group, the program encourages woman to maintain active lifestyles through education and support.

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