- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 18, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Pennington Biomedical Research Center is conducting a new clinical trial to compare the effects of physical activity and lifestyle changes on energy balance and how these changes may impact an individual’s body composition.

The study, called E-MECHANIC: Examination of Mechanisms of Exercise-Induced Weight Compensation, is open to adults ages 18 to 65 who aren’t currently involved in a structured exercise program.

The study is funded by the National Institutes of health. The co-principal investigators are Timothy S. Church, professor and director of the Preventive Medicine Laboratory, and Corby Martin, associate professor and director of Behavioral Science and Epidemiology. Both work at Pennington.

E-MECHANIC will examine how three exercise programs can affect changes in a person’s body and influence overall health.

Participants will complete a six-month exercise intervention at the Pennington Biomedical Fitness Center.

Those enrolled in one of the exercise groups will visit the Fitness Center 3-to-5 times per week for sessions that will last about an hour.

Those enrolled in the healthy living group will receive weekly health tips through text message, email, or postal mail. This intervention will also include monthly seminars at Pennington Biomedical on health-related topics. All procedures associated with the study will be provided at no cost to participants.

“This innovative study will help us learn how exercise affects our metabolism, body composition, and health. Results from the study will help us develop more effective exercise interventions that maximize health improvements,” Martin said in a news release.

The study will require participants to complete an orientation to determine eligibility as well as five screening visits and 11 clinic visits. Enrolled participants will receive up to $400 for participation.

To determine eligibility, call 225-763-3000, email clinicaltrials@pbrc.edu, or visit www.pbrc.edu/clinical-trials.