Designing a Weight Gain Prevention Trial for Young Adults: The CHOICES Study

Leslie A. Lytle, Stacey G. Moe, M. Susie Nanney, Melissa N. Laska, Jennifer A. Linde, Christine A. Petrich, Sarah M. Sevcik

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Young adults are at risk for weight gain. Little is known about how to design weight control programs to meet the needs of young adults and few theory-based interventions have been evaluated in a randomized control trial. The Choosing Healthy Options in College Environments and Settings (CHOICES) study was funded to create a technology-based program for 2-year community college students to help prevent unhealthy weight gain. The purpose of this article is to (1) provide a brief background on weight-related interventions in young adults; (2) describe the study design for the CHOICES study, the conceptual model guiding the research and the CHOICES intervention; and (3) discuss implications of this research for health educators. Translation to Health Education Practice Our experiences from the CHOICES study will be useful in suggesting other theory-based models and intervention strategies that might be helpful in programs attempting to prevent unhealthy weight gain in young adults. In addition, this article discusses important considerations for working with 2-year colleges on this type of health promotion work.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)67-75
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2014


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