University of Bath

Get help making a healthy lifestyle change

We've developed a new health programme and we need your help in testing its effectiveness.

Take part in our new health study and get support to make healthy lifestyle changes.
Take part in our new health study and get support to make healthy lifestyle changes.

We have developed a new, online programme to help you understand more about your body and support you to make healthy changes that are achievable and sustainable. We want your help to test its effectiveness.

Take part

To be eligible for this study you need to be:

  • aged 35-74
  • carrying some excess weight with a body mass index between 25-40 (you can calculate your BMI by dividing your weight in kilograms by your height in metres squared)
  • able to increase your physical activity and live in or near Bath

Unfortunately we cannot take participants who are currently taking medications that can affect weight, or have been diagnosed with any of the following:

  • coronary heart disease
  • chronic kidney disease
  • type 1 or type 2 diabetes
  • stroke
  • heart failure
  • severe hypertension (BP>180 / 110mmHg)
  • peripheral arterial disease
  • hypothyroidism (under-active thyroid)

What’s involved

You will need to come to the University campus at least three times for morning assessments:

  • in week one at the start of the study (baseline)
  • after six weeks
  • and finally after 12 weeks

During the visits you will be asked to complete a questionnaire, we'll take some physical measurements and a small blood sample.

After each assessment, we'll ask you to wear an activity monitor on your upper arm for 8-9 days and complete a food diary on three of these days.

Assessments will last about an hour.

There will also be a set-up visit about a week after the baseline assessment to introduce the programme or go through the health promotion advice (control group) – this could take place either at the University or somewhere more convenient for you.

What you’ll get

  • An overall health check including blood measures of cholesterol, glucose, insulin, and inflammatory markers
  • Detailed feedback on diet and physical activity
  • Access to a new health programme
  • A free pedometer (participants in the control group will be given access and a pedometer at the end of the study)

To take part email e.b.grey@bath.ac.uk

More about the study

Lead researcher Lis Grey from the Department for Health explained: “Most of us know that being active is ‘good’ and eating lots of sugar is ‘bad’, but we often find it hard to put this knowledge into practice. We also see and hear lots of confusing messages about what is healthy and sometimes it can seem that making changes for the sake of our health would just be too difficult or boring. This programme is designed to help people to understand more about their bodies and gain the motivation and skills to lead a healthy life. We want people to come forward to help us test its effectiveness."