Research suggests that being overweight can increase the risk of cancer recurrence. The ENERGY study (Exercise and Nutrition to Enhance Recovery and Good health for You) at the Washington University School of Medicine and Siteman Cancer Center helped participants learn more about healthful attitudes and develop behaviors to improve and promote long-term weight control.
The ENERGY study recruited women who were:
- 21 years of age or older
- Overweight (BMI of 25 or more; 5'5" and over 150 pounds, for example)
- Diagnosed with Stage IC-IIIC breast cancer within the last five years and have finished treatment
- Willing and able to attend group meetings and stay in contact with study staff for two years
- Able to be physically active
- NOT currently enrolled in another nutrition or weight loss study
All participants had regular clinical visits to complete blood tests and questionnaires. Weekly nutrition and lifestyle group counseling was available at no cost.
The ENERGY Study at Washington University was led by Drs. Kate Wolin and Graham Colditz in the Division of Public Health Sciences.
ENERGY was funded by the National Cancer Institute at NIH (R01 CA148791), Washington University, and the Siteman Cancer Center.