Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of the study?

The purpose of the study is to determine the best educational program for helping people lose weight and keep it off to prevent diabetes. We know that losing weight can be challenging. Our goal is to compare two different approaches to diabetes prevention and weight loss and evaluate which program works best.

Who can join the study?

Benefit eligible employees who are at least 21 years old and are overweight with an elevated glucose value can join. If someone in your family had diabetes, or if your glucose or A1c value was high during the employee biometric health screening, this study may be for you. Employees who participated in the pilot study for this program lost a significant amount of weight and saw a decrease in their glucose value.

What will I do as part of this study?

Weight loss is the best way to prevent the onset of diabetes. Participants will receive a state-of-the-art program designed to help people eat a more healthy diet and be more physically active to lose weight and keep it off. You will participate in a group that meets online with a health coach to discuss weight loss strategies. We will not ask you to only eat certain foods. You will be able to eat the foods you want to eat. The group sessions are designed to provide the tools and support needed for a healthy lifestyle. People who completed the pilot study told us how helpful the program was and they did not want the program to end. Listen to the videos below to hear study participant’s experiences.

How much time will it take?

You will be enrolled in the study for 12 months. Online educational group sessions will be offered weekly during the first 4 months, followed by 2 biweekly sessions and 7 monthly sessions. Each group session will last about 1 hour and will be held at a set day and time (generally at lunch or after work). All sessions will be held via an online group lifestyle-coaching format.

Does the program work?

Yes! The program is based on research done by the National Institutes of Health.

How is the program personalized?

Lifestyle coaches do not tell people what to do or prescribe diets. Instead, lifestyle coaches help participants determine what strategies work in their individual lives.

Will I receive payment?

Yes, you will receive a $25 gift card after completing each data collection visit that occurs after the educational sessions begin. There are 2 of these visits spread across 12 months. You will receive a total of $50 if you complete both visits. These gift cards are considered taxable income. Screening and data collection visits will be held on the OSU campus. If you do not have a valid campus parking permit, parking will be paid for study-related visits.  Also, the program is eligible for Your Plan for Health incentive points. The program is offered free of charge to benefits eligible OSU employees.

How do I sign up for the program?

If you are interested in participation, please call 614-292-4772 or email diabetesimpactstudy@osu.edu to speak with a study coordinator.

Who may NOT participate?

People who have been diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes are not eligible.