Project Three

SHOW-ME Study (Supports at Home and Work for Maintaining Energy Balance)

Project Co-Leaders
Dr. Aaron Hipp, Associate Professor, North Carolina State University
Dr. Ross Brownson, Professor, George Warren Brown School of Social Work

Co-Investigators
Dr. Elizabeth Dodson, Research Assistant Professor, George Warren Brown School of Social Work

Dr. Debra Haire-Joshu, Professor and Associate Dean for Research, George Warren Brown School of Social Work

Project Coordinator
Christine Marx, MA

Project Summary
This team addresses worksite environments and policies relevant for physical activity and diet behaviors and evaluates whether worksite supports for physical activity and healthy eating are predictive of obesity. Assessing worksite in the context of built environment will provide actionable knowledge about what policy changes in communities and worksites would have the greatest impact on healthy lifestyles to prevent obesity and related cancers. They will work with the Dissemination and Implementation Methods Core to bring their findings to local worksites, governments and practitioners.

Project Aims

  1. Develop and test the reliability and validity of self-reported instruments for assessing worksite environments and policies relevant for physical activity and health eating.
  2. Examine whether specific types and number of worksite supports for physical activity and healthy eating are predictive of obesity.
  3. Examine whether perceived and objectively measured characteristics of the built environment in the home and worksite neighborhood are independently and jointly associated with BMI.
  4. Disseminate findings to local worksites, governments and practitioners.