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Employees are invited to participate in a research study that will investigate the effect of two different exercise programs on exercise adherence, self-regulation, self-efficacy, fatigue, physical activity/sedentary behavior, Hemoglobin A1c, or HbA1c, VO2 and body composition in sedentary individuals during a 12-week intervention. To conduct this experiment we are looking to recruit healthy, non-pregnant females and males ranging from 25-60 years old whose daily activity is mostly sedentary and do not exercise.

If you decide to participate you will be asked to read and sign an informed consent and complete a physical activity readiness questionnaire to determine if you are healthy enough to participate in this program. Testing will include: body composition measurements using an iDEXA scan, physical activity questionnaire, aerobic testing determined by performing a Bruce Protocol (walking test) and three questionnaires. Also, a finger prick will be performed to collect a small amount of blood (five microliters) through A1CNOW System to determine HbA1c levels. You will be provided with an accelerometer to be worn around your waist for about one week.

Participants must return to the lab on weeks five, 9, 13 and 24 to perform further evaluations with a total time commitment of around four hours. Participants will be given a MovBand, a wrist-worn activity monitor that will be worn the entire 12-week intervention. Participants will need access to a computer and an internet connection to log the MovBand.

For 12 weeks participants will be given an exercise prescription, or be assigned to the control group. If you are assigned to the control group you will receive the intervention after 12 weeks.

Participants will receive a free screening and all data including iDexa scans, and all results from the different variables assessed. Participants will also receive a 12-week exercise program along with strategies to understand and adhere to a healthier lifestyle.

Contact Mynor Rodriguez at mgr0018@auburn.edu, or Danielle Wadsworth at wadswdd@auburn.edu or by telephone at 844-1836 for more information.