Join Our Program! Get Paid For Bettering Your Health.
The University of South Carolina is running a football-themed weight management research study where individuals will learn more about their health, receive a free Fitbit, and earn up to $150 in compensation!
Conducted in Orangeburg, SC
Compensation Provided
Black Men 25-50 Years Old
Living in the rural south
12-Week Program
Fast Facts
About Our Research Study
Do you ever feel like you should be taking better care of yourself?
The University of South Carolina is running a healthy lifestyle program for Black men in Orangeburg, South Carolina. This program is one of a kind – it is designed by Black men in South Carolina, for Black men in South Carolina. The program is titled "GameDay Ready": Evaluating a Behavioral Weight Management Program for Black Men Living in the Rural South.

Our program is different from other programs you might have heard about on TV or the radio. This program is more than just learning about health. Each week you will be walking and participating in competitive activities with other black men in the program to build fellowship and keep you motivated.

If you choose to participate, you will leave the program feeling healthier and happier, receive a free Fitbit, and can earn up to $150. Check your eligibility today!
Additional Information
Why is this study being done?
The purpose of this study is to evaluate a football-themed weight management program called “GameDay Ready” designed for Black men living in the rural South.
Is this study for me?
To qualify for this study, you must meet the following criteria:

Inclusion Criteria:
  • 25-50 years old
  • Black man
  • Living in rural south
  • Body mass index between 30-45

Exclusion Criteria
  • Positive response to any question on the Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q) (Participant may be included if approval is provided and documented by a healthcare provider)
  • Currently participating in another weight-loss trial or program or have participated in a trial or program within 6 months prior to starting the intervention
  • Uncontrolled hypertension (systolic blood pressure ≥160 mm Hg or diastolic blood pressure ≥100 mm hg), diabetes, or asthma (Participant may be included if approval is provided and documented by a healthcare provider)
  • Pulmonary disease requiring supplemental oxygen or daily use of short-acting bronchodilators
  • Any musculoskeletal condition that would preclude meeting recommended levels of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity
  • Within 30 days prior to participating in the intervention, have taken prescription or nonprescription medications, herbals, or supplements for weight loss
  • On special diet for a serious health condition (does not include general dietary advice from a healthcare provider for common risk factors such as hypertension, diabetes, or hyperlipidemia).
  • Major surgery in the past 6 months
  • Have undergone weight loss surgery
  • Have been treated for cancer in the past 12 months (other than non-melanoma skin cancer)
  • Weight loss ≥5% during the past 6 months
  • Plans to move to another county in the next 6 months
  • Any other perceived physical or mental health-related condition that would preclude participating in a behavioral program designed to promote weight loss
Note: For certain conditions, participants may still be eligible to participate if approval is provided and documented by a healthcare provider.
What will happen if I participate in the study?
This 12-week program will meet weekly at the Regional Medical Center walking track every Saturday morning. Each week program facilitators will address important concerns often raised by Black men in South Carolina. Our program focuses on how you can increase your physical activity and make healthy eating changes that will lead to weight loss, better health, lower risk for chronic diseases, a better sex life, and much more.

Will I be paid for being in this research study?
You will be compensated up to $150 for your participation.
Will it cost me anything to participate in this study?
There will be no charge to participate in this research study.
Who is leading the study?
This study is being led by Dr. Demetrius Abshire at the University of South Carolina College of Nursing. He can be reached by email at 803-576-6262 or by email at