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Would you like to be in a study of exercise capacity & activity level?

Contributed by Betsy Keller on 02/14/19 

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We are continuing to recruit healthy, inactive adults for a grant-funded study of exercise capacity & physical activity level at Ithaca College. 

Who is eligible? 

Healthy, low-active adults between the ages of 18 – 70 years

Who is NOT eligible?
- Smoker, or stopped smoking less than 1 year ago
- Pregnant or breast feeding
- Diabetic
- Have a metabolic, cardiovascular and/or neuro-immune disease
- Have an orthopedic limitation that prohibits cycle exercise

What must you do?  
- Have a short phone conversation to determine eligibility.
- If eligible, meet with our on-campus physician for clearance to participate in the study. During this meeting, urine and blood samples will be collected. You will not be charged any fee to be examined by our physician or for the blood and urine tests. 
- Complete questionnaires about your health/medical history and physical activity level.  
- Complete 2 exercise tests on a stationary cycle separated by 24 hours. Each test requires 8-12 minutes of exercise. Blood will be collected before and after each exercise test, and a single drop of blood from your fingertip before and after each test.  
-You will wear an activity monitor wrist watch device for 10 days before and 10 days after the exercise tests.

The total time commitment for participation in this research study is about 5 hours.

If you qualify, you will receive $200 upon completion of the study. You will get a report of your exercise test results, and how your test results compare to others who are your age and sex. This will provide information about your aerobic fitness level and baseline data for starting an exercise program if you are interested in doing so.

How can you sign up?
If you would like more information or to sign up for this study, contact: Maria Russell at 607-274-7948 or email:

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