LSU research center conducts free physical activity study

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Monday, February 17, 2014 - 7:08pm

The Pennington Biomedical Research Center announced in a press release, that it will be conducting a new study on how exercise and lifestyle changes affect your health.

The study called E-MECHANIC, short for Examination of Mechanisms of Exercise-Induced Weight Compensation, is open to adults ages 18-65, who are not currently involved in a structured exercise program.

Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the E-MECHANIC study will examine how three different exercise programs affect changes in the body and influence overall health.

Participants will complete a 6-month exercise intervention and exercise for one hour 3-5 times per week, at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center.

The study will also include monthly seminars at Pennington Biomedical on health-related topics. The study will be provided at no cost to participants.

Dr. Colby Martin, one of the study’s chief investigators said, "This innovative study will help us learn how exercise affects our metabolism, body composition, and health. Results from the study will help us develop more effective exercise interventions that maximize health improvements."

Participants will have to complete an orientation visit to determine their eligibility. Participants are also required to complete 5 screening visits and 11 clinic visits. Enrolled participants will receive up to $400 for participation.

To determine eligibility, call 225-763-3000, email, or visit


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