UNMC using smartphone to help rural men with weight loss

August 7, 2018

NORFOLK - 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.

Clinical researcher Dr. Christine Eisenhauer says the benefits of weight loss have been well documented.

“Weight loss can reduce the risk of many chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, pain, heart disease, diabetes and even some cancers. Weight loss has also demonstrated improvement in quality of life for men” Eisenhauer said

UNMC is looking for 80 men to take part in this study. One group will receive a premium version of a self-monitoring app that allows men to track their weight over time and receive daily text messages.

The second group will receive a basic version of the app and they will self-monitor their activity for three months.

A $380,885 grant is funding this clinical trial. For more information about joining the study, Nebraskans should call 402-844-7897.

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