TREC: SHOW-ME

Project Dates: 2011-2016

The Supports at Home and Work for Maintaining Energy Balance (SHOW-ME) Study is part of the Transdisciplinary Research on Energetics and Cancer (TREC) Center at Washington University in St. Louis. TREC brings together a broad base of nationally and internationally recognized investigators in their disciplinary focus areas to lead transdisciplinary research across the life course on cancer and obesity.

Specifically, the SHOW-ME Study examines worksite environments and policies relevant for physical activity and diet behaviors and evaluates whether worksite supports for physical activity and healthy eating can predict obesity. The SHOW-ME Study aims include sharing findings with local worksites, governments and practitioners.

Project Goals

  • Develop and test the reliability and validity of self-reported instruments for assessing worksite environments and policies relevant for physical activity and healthy eating.
  • Examine whether specific types and number of worksite supports for physical activity and healthy eating are predictive of obesity.
  • Examine whether perceived and objectively measured characteristics of the built environment in the home and worksite neighborhood are independently and jointly associated with Body Mass Index (BMI).
  • Disseminate findings to local worksites, governments and practitioners.

Implications for Research and Practice

Exploring worksites in the context of built environments will provide knowledge regarding what policy changes in communities and worksites would have the greatest impact on healthy lifestyles to prevent obesity and related cancers.

Project Contact

Elizabeth Dodson: edodson@wustl.edu

Project Staff

Project Co-Leaders: Dr. J. Aaron HippDr. Ross Brownson

Co-Investigators: Dr. Elizabeth Dodson and Dr. Debra Haire-Joshu

Postdoctoral Research Associate: Dr. Lin Yang

Project Coordinator: Christine Marx, MA

Graduate Research Assistants (2013-2014 Academic Year): Deepti Adlakha, B.Arch, MUD, PhD Student and Tim Walter

Project Partner

Health and Behavioral Risk Research Center, University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine

Funding Sources

The Washington University TREC Center is funded by the National Cancer Institute at NIH (U54 CA155496), Washington University, and the Siteman Cancer Center

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