Deaf Weight Wise 2.0
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 40, who use American Sign Language (ASL) as their primary language. During 2014-2015, the RPRC research team has been preparing and planning for the launch of DWW 2.0 – a big job! All research materials, including curricula, surveys, interviews, and other materials are being adapted and translated for this project. The team also does a “pilot” test of the surveys and materials, to be sure they are appropriate and ready for the full-scale project. Recruitment and outreach efforts are underway.
About 100 DWW 2.0 participants will be recruited from the Rochester, NY area. Participants must be between the ages of 21 to 40 at the time of enrollment. Participants will be randomly assigned to receive a healthy lifestyle program with a Deaf counselor, either in a group setting, or one-on-one over videophone. Participants will also be randomly assigned to receive the program either in 2016, or in early 2017.
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 40 will 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 40.
Participants will be 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 will also be asked to have physical measurements taken (height, weight blood pressure, blood sample, etc). This information will be 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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Deaf Weight Wise