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Introduction: Obesity is a major public health problem and adopting healthy lifestyle habits, while effective, is challenging in real-world settings. Culinary coaching is a behavioral intervention that aims to improve nutrition and overall health by facilitating home cooking through an active learning process that combines culinary training and health coaching. Our goal is to evaluate whether a culinary coaching telemedicine program (twelve 30-minute sessions) will significantly improve outcomes among subjects with overweight or obesity.

General hypothesis: A culinary coaching telemedicine program will result in significant weight loss, and improvement in culinary attitude and self-efficacy, nutritional intake, and metabolic outcomes.

Methods: This is a two-site, 36-month randomized controlled trial in which study participants between the ages of 25 to 70, with 27.5 ≤ BMI ≤ 35 Kg/m2 will be randomly assigned to nutritional counseling combined with a structured culinary coaching program or to nutritional counseling group (18 intervention, 18 control at each site). Intervention will include a 3-month culinary coaching telemedicine program with outcome data collected periodically for 12 months. The pre-defined primary outcome is body weight loss at 6 months, and secondary outcomes include change in body weight and composition at 1 year, as well as culinary attitudes and self-efficacy through a validated questionnaire, nutritional intake, lipid profile, blood pressure, and HgA1c (glycated hemoglobin); and participants' perception of the program.

Potential impact: The investigators believe that this program has a potential to be a viable tool in promoting effective and scalable home cooking interventions aimed at improved nutrition and health outcomes in overweight and obesity.


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NCT number NCT03823469
Study type Interventional
Source Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
Contact Jane Barg
Phone (617) 651-2433
Email jbarg@partners.org
Status Not yet recruiting
Phase N/A
Start date March 2019
Completion date February 2022

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