EPL Studies and Participant Recruitment:

Active MOMS
Active MOMS is a research study funded by the National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases [R21 DK075867-01] for pregnant women who have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes. The purpose of this study is to examine exercise and health behaviors during pregnancy to understand their impact on gestational diabetes for women and their babies. Participation includes: completing self-reported surveys during each pregnancy trimester and postpartum, two 90-minute health assessments during the second and third pregnancy trimesters, wearing activity monitors, and participating in an exercise program. Compensation up to $230 is provided for participation in this study. Interested in participating in Active MOMS? Contact Jennifer DiNallo at jmd422@psu.edu or 814-865-0840.

Beliefs About Exercise After Pregnancy (BEAP)
BEAP is a research study funded by the Social Sciences Research Institute and Children, Youth, and Families Consortium of the Pennsylvania State University for postpartum women with gestational diabetes in their recent pregnancy. The study purpose is to better understand women’s thoughts about exercise and other health behaviors to help us develop a lifestyle program in postpartum. Participation includes: completing self-report surveys at 6 and 24 weeks postpartum, participating in a 60-min focus group with other postpartum women, and wearing exercise monitors. Compensation up to $75 is provided for participation in this study. Interested in participating in BEAP? Contact Jennifer DiNallo at jmd422@psu.edu or 814-865-0840.

Validity of Exercise Measures During Pregnancy (VEMP)
The purposes of this study are to examine the: (1) validity of self-report and objective exercise measures during pregnancy, and (2) association between maternal exercise correlates and infant outcomes. This ongoing study includes data on healthy women’s exercise behaviors during each pregnancy trimester and postpartum with objective assessments (i.e., treadmill [VO2] and free-living conditions wearing accelerometers and pedometers) and self-reported measures (i.e., exercise correlates and behaviors) at 20 and 32 weeks gestation. Compensation up to $120 is provided for participation in this study. Interested in participating in VEMP? Contact Jennifer DiNallo at jmd422@psu.edu or 814-865-0840.

Psychological Determinants of Exercise
We have two ongoing longitudinal studies examining the motivational determinants of exercise among pregnant and postpartum women and adolescent boys and girls. Constructs under examination include: Theory of Planned Behavior (intention, attitude, subjective norm, perceived behavioral control, beliefs), body image, depression, anxiety, social support, self-efficacy, exercise dependence, and exercise barriers.


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