The Lifestyle & Cardiometabolic Research Unit
A research study encouraging a small change approach to sustain healthy behaviours

Contact Information

Phone: (613) 533-3062
E-mail: LCRU@queensu.ca


School of Kinesiology
& Health Studies

5th Floor
Lifestyle & Cardiometabolic
Research Unit

28 Division Street
Kingston, ON
K7L 3N6

LCRU in the News

High vs Low Intensity, which is best?
Check out Time Magazine's article from our previous study, SERENA.

For the full journal article, check out:
Annals of Internal Medicine


Watch Dr. Ross and our behavioural interventionist, Stephanie, on CKWS!


Check out the article published about our study in the Kingston Whig-Standard:
"Small change, big gain"

Welcome to the ENGAGE Research Study at Queen's University

Obesity is a major risk factor for disease and a public health problem. Recent information suggests that while it is possible for most overweight adults to lose a substantial amount of weight, maintaining the weight loss for any extended time (2 to 3 years) is very difficult. This is because trying to maintain big changes in exercise and/or eating behaviour is very difficult in today’s environment that makes sustaining big changes in behaviour (example: eat a lot less or exercise a lot more) very hard.

Therefore, you are invited to participate in a study to assess the making of small changes in eating and exercise behaviour on weight loss over three (3) years. The results of the study may have important implications for development of public health messages and clinical guidelines for prevention and treatment of obesity through small changes in both exercise and eating habits.

You will be asked to participate in a two-year intervention (with a one year follow up) designed to promote small changes in physical activity (increase step count by 2000 steps) and diet (reduce calories by 100/day) among inactive obese adults . The goal of the study is to reduce body weight by making small changes in daily physical activity and/or diet. By volunteering to participate in this study, your name will be selected by chance and placed into one of the following two groups:

1. Small Change Intervention Group

2. Usual Care Control Group

You will not be able to choose which group you will be in.
There is NO cost for you to participate
Inclusion Criteria Exclusion Criteria
  • Age 25- 70
  • Inactive
  • Non-Smoking
  • BMI between 25 - 40
  • Stable weight for the last 6 months
  • Able to walk without assistance
  • Physical Impairment that would make exercise difficult, or unsafe according to your doctors advice
  • Enrolled in a formal weight loss program
  • Smoking
  • Plans to move from the area
  • Participating in another study
  • Inability or unwillingness to provide informed consent
If you are interested in participating, please email lcru@queensu.ca or call (613) 533-3062.
Or, you can fill out the form below and a member of the ENGAGE team will contact you shortly.

Your name*

Your e-mail*



Phone Number*





Are you inactive?

Have you smoked in the last 6 months?

Do you have a physical impairment which would make exercise difficult?

Have you ever had a heart attack, stroke or bypass surgery?

I have lost/gained more than 5% of my body weight in the last 6 months. 

I am currently enrolled in a weight loss program.

How did you hear about the ENGAGE Study?*

Preferred method of contact?*
Phone e-mail
Please check your junkmail/spam folder if you do not recieve a response via email.

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