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Project Title

Weight-Wise Pilot Study

Funding Dates



The Weight-Wise Pilot Study tested the effectiveness of weight control intervention strategies designed for low-income, midlife women enrolled in the WISEWOMAN Program. The behavioral intervention included a 16-week weight loss phase of weekly group sessions and a 12-month weight maintenance phase of individual, group, and phone contacts. The study sample included 143 women (71 in the intervention and 72 controls) who were on average 53 years of age, with an average BMI of 35. Half had diagnosed hypertension, 13% diabetes, and 36% hyperlipidemia. Average session attendance was 65% (median of 14 sessions attended); 88% (126/143) completed follow-up weight measurement. The between group difference in weight loss was 9.5 lb (4.3 kg) (p < .0001), and over half in the intervention group lost 8 or more pounds. These findings suggested that programs appropriately designed for low-income women and implemented through community partnerships can effectively promote weight loss.

Research Areas 

Cardiovascular Health, Obesity, and Diabetes
Health Equity

Nutrition and Physical Activity
Rural Health
Additional Topics

Principal Investigator

Carmen Samuel-Hodge, PhD


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services