Welcome to the Scarborough Health Study

An interesting new study is taking place in Scarborough, Maine and will have an impact on the community. Approximately 500 residents will participate in the lifestyle study, which is funded by the US Department of Health. Trial participants will be assigned randomly to one of two groups at the beginning of the study. Approximately half of the participants will be established on a low carbohydrate diet while the other half will adopt a low protein diet for the duration of the study.

In addition to the specified nutritional changes, all participants will also be assigned to a predetermined exercise program. Some will be challenged to walk at least 10,000 steps per day, some will engage in a circuit training program at a participating Curves location, and some will complete a P90x challenge. The purpose of the study is to determine how individuals in each group respond to the diet and exercise plans assigned to them.

Expectations For Participants
There are many obvious benefits for participants in the Scarborough health study. Under the general supervision of experts in the field of nutrition, participants can:

  • Monitor daily food intake
  • Engage in structured physical activities
  • Record progress and lifestyle enhancements

The cost of all services included in the study are paid for by the sponsor and these costs are not passed along to the participants. Most participants see the free options as a strong incentive to join the study and supply their feedback along the way. Read Susan’s current experience in the study.

Expectations For Researchers
Organizers of the health study are expecting participant results to either support or refute specific hypotheses related to the impact that nutritional and physical activities have on the overall health of individual participants. “Varying degrees of physical activity and food intake fluctuations create the opportunity for individuals to see significant weight loss results and a reduction in co-occurring medical conditions related to excess weight,” according to Rachel Nichols of the Mayo Clinic.

Recent findings from the Harvard Health Letter indicate that results from low carbohydrate diets will vary based on a number of individual factors such as genetics, personal preferences, and cultural influences. To encourage participants to accurately provide feedback and actively participate, researchers and organizers offer some basic criteria:

  • Tips for keeping a daily journal
  • Regular feedback sessions
  • Encouragement and support to commit to program requirements