USM seeking women for weight-loss study


The University of Southern Maine’s College of Nursing and Health Professions is launching a study led by Associate Professor of Exercise Health and Sports Sciences Janet Whately Blum. This study is examining the effects of calcium on dieting women.

USM is looking for pre-menopausal women who are between the ages of 21 to 45; need to lose between 30 to 60 pounds; are not using birth control; and are not currently dieting or participating in regular exercise. Participants must be nonsmokers in good health with normal blood pressure and cholesterol levels, who are not diabetic or lactose intolerant.

Participants need to be willing to follow a diet for 25 weeks, and attend weekly meetings for the first 12 weeks, then bi-weekly meeting for the next 13 weeks at USM. This 25-week study has screenings beginning in January, and the weekly meetings will start in March of this year.

Anyone who meets the above criteria should contact Research Assistant Rachel Doane in Exercise Health and Sports Sciences at 780-5939 or