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Project Title Stepping STONE (Survivors Taking on Nutrition & Exercise)

Researcher Vanessa Sheppard, PhD, and Lucille Adams-Campbell, PhD, Georgetown University, Washington, DC

Study Summary Researchers at Georgetown University have developed a program that they hope will help Black/African-American breast cancer survivors increase their physical activity and improve their diet. This study is looking at the effectiveness of the program in improving the quality of health behaviors. If the researchers find that the program works well, it has the potential to help Black/African-American breast cancer survivors throughout the U.S.

Who Can Participate? You can join Stepping STONE (Survivors Taking on Nutrition & Exercise) if you match ALL of these MAIN categories:

• You are a woman 21 years of age or older
• You consider yourself to be Black/African American
• You were diagnosed with Stage I, II, or III breast cancer
• You completed radiation and/or chemotherapy within the past 6 months to 5 years
• Your breast cancer has not come back (you have not had a recurrence)
• Your BMI is between 25 and 40 – calculate your BMI here: http://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/assessing/bmi/adult_bmi/english_bmi_calculator/bmi_calculator.html
• You do not have a history of another type of cancer (basal cell carcinoma is OK)
• You are not currently enrolled in a structured weight control program/study involving diet and exercise
• You are able to speak and understand English
• You live near or are willing to travel (at your own expense) to the Washington, DC metropolitan area

After you RSVP, the research team will ask you additional questions to be sure that this study is the right fit for you.

What Does Participation Involve? If you sign up for Stepping STONE (Survivors Taking on Nutrition & Exercise), the research team will contact you by phone to confirm that you are eligible for the study. If you are eligible and decide to join, you will be randomly assigned (like flipping a coin) to either a “usual care control” or to the “intervention” group.

The “usual care control” group will:
• Receive materials about physical activity and healthy diets.
• Complete surveys about their physical activity and diet at the beginning and end of the 12-week study period.

The “intervention” group will:
• Attend 6 group sessions during the 12-week study period.
• Participate in 6 one-on-one motivational interviewing sessions over the phone.
• Complete dietary journals for 12 weeks
• Complete surveys about their physical activity and diet at the beginning and end of the 12-week study period

The information you provide is confidential and will be kept private.

The researchers need to enroll up to 50 Black/African-American women in this study.

Where? Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University, Washington, DC