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Health assessment of participants in a community based exercise program.
St. George's University
Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine
Satesh Bidaisee, DVM, MSPH, EdD, CPH, FRSPH
Type of Research Project
- Basic science
What is the background of the project?
Chronic diseases are on the increase in Grenada with obesity identified as a risk factor. To mitigate the effects of chronic diseases and reduce the risk factor of obesity, a community based exercise program was implemented to engage participants in a curriculum of sporting activities. Participants baseline Body Mass Index, Blood Pressure and Diet/Smoking/Alcohol consumption history is obtained and followed up biannually to evaluate the impact of the community based exercise program to mitigate the effects of obesity and chronic diseases.
What is the aim of the project?
The aim of the project is to reduce the burden of chronic diseases in Grenada. The project also serves to engage participates in healthy pursuits and activities to promote overall health and well being.
What techniques and methods are used?
The project is a longitudinal study and will have a database of previous participants data. Students will employ a survey as well as tools for basic health assessments to record height/weight, waist to hip circumference, blood pressure and compare with previous data.
What is the role of the student?
- The student will observe the practical experiments but will be highly involved in the analysis of the results
What are the tasks expected to be accomplished by the student?
Students will initially be trained in research methodology through an online course as well as didactic sessions with the research mentor. Students will attend the sites of the community based exercise program on a daily basis where they would perform follow up assessments on participants. The survey collects data on self reported health status. Symptoms experienced or conditions that required a visit to a doctor/hospital will be recorded. The survey will also record diet, smoking, drinking exposures. Objective health measurements using a scale/height chart and measurement tape will be used to collect weight/height and waist to hip circumferences. Blood pressure measurements will also be obtained from the use of an arm cuff and monitoring device.
Will there be any theoretical teaching provided (preliminary readings, lectures, courses, seminars etc)
What is expected from the student at the end of the research exchange? What will be the general outcome of the student?
- No specific outcome is expected
What skills are required of the student? Is there any special knowledge or a certain level of studies needed?
Students will be expected to complete an online research methods course prior to travelling to Grenada. Basic administration of a survey, collecting data such as weight/height/waist and hip circumferences and blood pressure.
Are there any legal limitations in the student’s involvement
Type of students accepted
This project accepts: - Medical students - Graduated students (less than 6 months) - Pre-Medical students from the American-British system
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