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Exercise Study Participants Sought; Free Chinatown YMCA Memberships Offered

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Columbia University is embarking on four medical studies about exercise, and the researchers are looking for local residents as subjects. Participants will be compensated with small stipends, and also with free memberships to the Chinatown YMCA.

“The baby boomer generation is beginning to hit the age where medical problems with cognition such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are becoming more prominent, resulting in huge health costs and social strain on families,” says research assistant Stan Berkow, who wrote to us for help publicizing the studies. “Our research is looking at the behavioral intervention of aerobic exercise to better understand the mechanism behind which it helps to deter this cognitive decline and the consequent medical problems associated with it.”

Click through for the specifics.

Here are the requirements:

We are looking for participants between the ages of 20 and40 or 50 and 75 who are healthy and not currently exercising.  Participants will be taking part in a 12- or 24-week exercise study where they will be exercising at the YMCA four times a week for an hour each time.

Throughout the study, each participant will work with a research assistant who will help the participant with the exercise training they will be doing for the study.

In addition to going to the gym, there are periodic medical tests throughout the studies, such as MRIs, exercise stress tests, and memory and attention tests.  The tests are done at the Columbia University Medical Center in Washington Heights.

Participants receive a free membership to the YMCA for the duration of the study as well as for a period of time following the study as a bonus for participating.  In addition, participants are paid for the various medical tests done for each of the studies.

Interested individuals should call the Department of Behavioral Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center at 212-851-5595. We are happy to answer any questions you might have and will help to enroll you in these studies.

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