Why conduct research?
The purpose of our research efforts is to collect sufficient and compelling data to the support the on-going success of our 8-year-old, Nationally Recognized Program. With a dedicated team of undergraduate Kinesiology students, two Kinesiology graduate students studying Exercise Physiology at CSUN, will oversee a 10-week period of data collection at each of our 6 CSUN locations. With this data collection, we intend to:
- Prove the efficacy of our free diabetes prevention and exercise program in local parks and faith-based institutions throughout the Northeast San Fernando Valley in reducing our participants' body weight by 5-7%, which will translate into a 58% decrease in risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes.
- Gain the necessary support from Public Health, CSU Institutions, Community Colleges, Los Angeles City, Los Angeles County, and politicians to expand our program throughout California and the country.
To help ensure the success of our research efforts, we are focusing on 3 main data points.
- Participant Daily Attendance to determine adherence and support the efficacy of participating in our program to our hypothesis detailed above.
- Height and weight to calculate BMI and track weight loss progress.
- 12-minute Walk/Run Test to estimate VO2max, which will allow us to determine aerobic fitness levels.
- **A1C Testing** to track glycated hemoglobin levels, a marker for diabetes. (Courtesy of Providence Health & Services at our David M. Gonzales and Our Lady of Peace sites)
In addition, in a collaborative effort with CSUN's Department of Health Services, we will also administer health surveys throughout the 10-week intervention that focuses on the relationship between mental health and exercise.
As with everything we do in 3 WINS Fitness, our research efforts also provide 3 wins.
A win for our students
As part of the research team, students are eligible for internship credit (CSUN Juniors and Seniors). They will obtain valuable experience on the research side of Kinesiology, a definite resume booster for graduate programs. Additionally, students will gain necessary management, organization, and leadership skills through training and on the job duties such as testing implementation and data collection. Other perks include an increase or gain in knowledge of using software applications such as Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets.
A win for our participants
Given the nature of the data we are collecting, participants have the opportunity to receive valuable feedback as they progress to a healthier version of their self and their health related goals.
A win for our community
As we enter our 8th year in helping communities get and stay active and healthy, adding research to the mix will allow us to present a stronger argument in expanding our program beyond the Northeast San Fernando Valley. Anyone and everyone can benefit from our program. Anyone and everyone should have access to our program.