iSIPsmarter: A Research Study Comparing Two Web-Based Programs to Help You Decrease Sugary Drinks

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Principal Investigator
Jamie Zoellner
Donna Brock
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Official Trial Title
iSIPsmarter: An RCT to evaluate the efficacy, reach, and engagement of a technology-based behavioral and health literacy intervention to reduce sugary beverages among rural Appalachian adults
Study Description

The Department of Public Health Sciences is conducting a research study comparing two web-based programs to help people drink fewer sugary drinks.

What Does the Study Include?
• The study lasts 18 months and, if you decide to join, you will be randomized (like a flip of a coin) into one of the two web-based programs
• You will complete the nine-week web-based program you are assigned and complete four 90-minute health assessments

How Are the Programs Different?
iSIPsmarter Program Website
• Six interactive lessons on decreasing sugary drinks
• Emails and other reminders to complete lessons and activities
• Daily sugary drink tracking
• Optional daily weight tracking
Sugary Drink Education Website
• Self-guided lessons to be done at your own pace
• Printable forms to track your sugary drinks and weight

Possible benefits of the study include:
• Learning how to decrease your sugar intake
• Improving health conditions
• Modest weight loss

To join the study, you must:
• Drink more than the recommended daily amount of sugary drinks
• Be 18 or older
• Live in southwest Virginia or the surrounding Appalachian counties
• Be able to access the internet on a computer or tablet at least once a week
• Be willing and able to receive email and text reminders to complete program tasks

Study related materials and procedures will be provided at no cost. All participants will receive a scale to track weight at study start and may keep after the study is complete.


You will get $200 in gift cards for completing follow-up assessments at nine weeks and six and 18 months