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Deaf Weight Wise 2.0


General Information

Deaf Weight Wise 2.0 (“DWW 2.0”) is the current core research project of the RPRC:NCDHR. The overall goal of the DWW 2.0 research project is to establish the effectiveness of a healthy lifestyle intervention in Deaf people ages 21 to 70, who use American Sign Language (ASL) as their primary language. During 2014-2015, the RPRC research team prepared materials and planned for the launch of DWW 2.0 – a big job! All research materials, including curricula, surveys, interviews, and other materials were adapted and translated for this project. The team also did a “pilot” test of the surveys and materials, to be sure they were appropriate and ready for the full-scale project.

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Study Design

We recruited 76 DWW 2.0 participants from the Rochester, NY area. Participants had to be between the ages of 21 to 70 at the time of enrollment. Participants are randomly assigned to receive a healthy lifestyle program with a Deaf counselor, either in a group setting, or one-on-one over videophone. Participants are also randomly assigned to receive the program either in 2017, or 2018.

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DWW 2.0 is an adaptation of Deaf Weight Wise previously completed by RPRC:NCDHR and the Weight-Wise Program, developed by the University of North Carolina PRC Program . Participants ages 21 to 70 receive a 16-week healthy lifestyle program that will be led by a Deaf counselor. They will learn about healthy living, healthy food choices and cooking, and fun ways to be physically active. All research materials have been culturally and linguistically adapted for use with Deaf adults ages 21 to 70.  Community members were involved in the study design and materials development.

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None at this time

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Data Collection

Participants are asked about health information including food intake, physical activity, and heath behaviors, which will be collected using sign language-video surveys, like in Deaf Weight Wise and the Deaf Health Survey. Participants are also asked to have physical measurements taken (height, weight blood pressure, blood sample, etc). This information is collected at baseline/enrollment, 6 months, 12 months, and 18 months, and 24 months. Study data will be analyzed at the end of the project. Community members will be involved in the data interpretation process.

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Barnett S, DeWindt L, Matthews K, Sutter E. Deaf Weight Wise: A clinical trial to assess the adaptation of an evidenced-based health promotion intervention for use in sign language with deaf adults. Academy Health’s Science of Dissemination and Implementation Conference. 2017 Dec. 

DeWindt L, Matthews K. Community Engagement in Health Research. ESAD’s 71st biennial conference. 2017. 

DWW Study Group. Deaf Weight Wise 2.0: Successful dissemination and translation of a healthy lifestyle intervention for use with Deaf adults. CDC PRC Network Meeting, Atlanta. 2017 Nov. 

Barnett S, DeWindt L, Matthews K, Sutter E. Deaf Weight Wise: Collaborative translation and dissemination of an evidenced-based health promotion intervention. APHA 2017 Atlanta. APHA Conference Program

Matthews K, DeWindt L, Sutter E, Barnett S. Deaf Weight Wise: A clinical trial of a health promotion initiative with Deaf adults. APHA 2017 Atlanta. APHA Conference Program

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Recruitment Videos

This series of video-blogs (“vlogs”) were developed by the research team to help recruit participants into DWW 2.0.  These were shared widely on social media and through our community partners.

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