Current Research

Current Studies

The RESET BP Study (Reducing Sedentary Behavior and Blood Pressure) is a randomized clinical trial testing whether a 3-month sedentary behavior reduction intervention can improve blood pressure and vascular health in desk workers with elevated, unmedicated blood pressure.  The study in funded by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute.  RESET BP will enroll 300 participants that will be randomly assigned to receive an immediate intervention, including behavioral counseling, an activity prompter, and a sit-stand desk attachment, or to a no-treatment control group. Control participants will have the choice of receiving a delayed intervention after completing the study.  Participants receive a fitbit and have the choice of $200 or a sit-stand desk attachment to keep after finishing all assessment procedures. 

Pregnancy 24/7 is a 5-year observational cohort study funded by the National Institutes of Health. In this study, we will examine 24-hour behavioral patterns (sedentary behavior, sleep, and physical activity) in each trimester of pregnancy. We will assess whether these behavioral patterns are related to hypertensive disorders of pregnancy and other pregnancy complications. The goal of this work is to identify optimal behavioral patterns during pregnancy to reduce women’s risk of pregnancy complications and to improve future health outcomes for the mother and baby.

The Sedentary Behavior Reduction Intervention in Pregnancy (SPRING) Study is a randomized, controlled trial. The intervention begins in the first trimester and ends at the end of the third trimester.

In this study, we hope to learn how to help pregnant women change sitting behaviors and better understand whether sitting less can improve pregnancy outcomes. ​Women who participate in the intervention study may help inform guidelines and clinical practices for improving the cardiovascular health in pregnant women.

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