Diana Parra Perez, PhD

"Efficacy of a Culturally Sensitive and Linguistically Appropriate Internet and Mobile-based Weight Loss Therapy in Obese Hispanic/Latino Adult Women"

The purpose of this study was to conduct a 12-week randomized controlled trial to evaluate the effect of using the CareMessage™ Adult Obesity education and texting program, in conjunction with an accelerometer to monitor and encourage physical activity, on body weight and composition, dietary behaviors, physical activity, oral glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity in obese Hispanic women who are diabetic or pre-diabetic. The project has to major aims: 1) addressing body weight, body composition and metabolic function as well as physical activity and eating behaviors and 2) assessing acceptability and compliance with use of the mobile intervention.

Diana Parra, PhD – Assistant Professor, Program in Physical Therapy, Washington University in St. Louis