Frequently Asked Questions
Purpose of this research study
South Asians have the highest rates of diabetes in the Peel Region. Because someone in your family has diabetes, you have a higher risk of developing it in your lifetime. We believe that it’s important to raise awareness on diabetes and teach you with the tools to make healthier life choices. We believe that our healthy eating and physical activity program could help you reduce your risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
What is diabetes?
It is a disease in which your body is not able to properly respond to glucose (sugar),
which is supposed to be used as a source of energy. The focus of our program is type 2 diabetes. Click here to learn more about type 2 diabetes.
Why is this program called a "study"?
As researchers, we want to find out if a program like this works. Does it increase awareness of diabetes among the participants? Do participants learn new information? Do participants make healthier lifestyle choices after participating in the program? What worked well, and what needs to be changed?
Data will be collected before and after the program to help answer these questions. This is why the program is considered a "research study."
What do participants do in the program?
You will be participating in an 8-week intervention. What this means is that once a week, you will participate in a 2 hour session which will focus on a different topic each week. In week one you will learn about diabetes. In week 2,4, and 6 you will learn about nutrition. During weeks 3, 5 and 7 you will learn about physical activity. In the final session you will learn how to cook quick simple recipes and you can bring a family member along to this session.
Before you start the program, we will ask you to fill out a few questionnaires, so we can see your current diabetes knowledge, activity levels and diet. We will also be taking some measurements such as height, weight, waist size circumference and body fat % in a private space. You will be asked to wear an accelerometer (FitBit) for 7 days. An accelerometer is a wristband that measures your physical activity levels such as steps.
After attending the weekly sessions for 8 weeks, we will ask you again to fill out the questionnaires and wear the Fitbit for 7 days. We will be taking the same body measurements again. You will have the opportunity to talk one-on-one to a dietician and kinesiologist and discuss any concerns or questions you have throughout the program. Roughly six months after the program ends, we will ask you to fill out the questionnaires again and take measurements one last time.
By doing this research program we can see whether participating in the intervention will increase your diabetes knowledge and risk perception, as well as encourage you to eat more healthy and exercise more.
Is there any cost involved?
No, the program is absolutely free of cost.
Are there any dangers of participating in the study?
There are no major risks in participating in this program. There have been other similar research studies done around the world for youth who are at risk for diabetes.
Are there any benefits of participating in the study?
There are benefits in joining this program. You will have access to a free personal trainer and dietitian who can help you tailor an exercise and nutrition program that works for you. Over the 8 weeks, you will learn about different exercises to do at home (without equipment), exercises you can do with a family member or friend and out in your community. You will learn about healthy alternatives to foods that are commonly eaten by your age group, how to read food labels as well as how to shop for nutritious foods at the grocery store. Finally, you will learn about diabetes and how you can lower your risk for developing it in the future.
Are there any benefits to participating in the research study?
By joining the research study you will receive volunteer hours that can be included in your 40 hours community involvement to graduate with a diploma from the Peel District School Board for every session that you attend. Each session lasts roughly 2 hours, which means that you will receive 16 hours from the sessions, 6 hours from filling out surveys and 2 hours from the one-on-one consults and getting measurements taken. In total, this amounts to 24 hours.
In addition, you will receive a $10 gift card when you complete the pre-intervention questionnaires/measurement, another $10 gift card for the post-intervention questionnaire/measurements and a final $10 gift card for the 6-month follow-up (totaling $30 in gift cards to either Amazon or Chapters)
I have some questions. Who can I contact?
Please email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will do our best to get back to you within 24 hours.