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Do you want to Target Health, Eat Better, & End Sitting Time to be T.H.E.B.E.S.T.?

Get individual recommendations on dietary intake and physical activity from a registered dietitian for FREE. Monitor your activity with a FREE Fitbit ®

Rutgers employees and students who meet eligibility criteria are invited to participate in a research study aimed at improving cardiometabolic risk factors and physical activity habits.

T.H.E.B.E.S.T. consists of:

  • Five individual appointments with a registered dietitian (RD) over a 26-week period
  • Nutrition-focused health screenings (body fat, waist circumference, body mass index (BMI), blood pressure, blood lipids, and glucose).
  • On-line access to diet and lifestyle resources and presentations created specifically to participants.
  • Optional in-person weekly education sessions for the first 12 weeks.
  • Individualized diet counseling and on-going support from the RD during the program
  • In-person weigh-ins
  • Physical activity tracker (Fitbit ®) for self-monitoring


  • The study is limited to Rutgers University employees who are 18-69 years of age on the New Brunswick campus.
  • Participants in the study must have a body mass index (BMI) of ≥25 kg/m2 or a waist circumference (WC) of ≥35 inches for women and ≥40 inches for men.
  • Not be pregnant or lactating
  • Not have had weight loss surgery
  • Not have used a Fitbit®
  • Answer “no” to the following questions or have received medical clearance for physical activity
    • Has your doctor ever said that you have a heart condition and that you should only perform physical activity recommended by a doctor?
    • Do you feel pan in your chest when you perform physical activity?
    • In the past month, have you had chest pain when you were not performing any physical activity?
    • Do you lose your balance because of dizziness or do you ever lose consciousness?
    • Do you have a bone or joint problem that could be made worse by a change in your physical activity?
    • Is your doctor currently prescribing any medication for your blood pressure or for a heart condition?
    • Do you know of any other reason why you should not engage in physical activity?
    • **Note: if you have answered “yes” to one or more of the above, consult your physician before engaging in physical activity. Tell your hysician when questions you answered “yes” to. After a medical evaluation, seek advice from your physician on what type of activity is suitable for your current condition.** This condition must be satisfied prior to your baseline appointment
  • Attendance at an information session

 T.H.E.B.E.S.T. Recruitment

Tuesday, January 24th @ 12:30-1:30pm                                    Tuesday, January 31st @ 12:30-1:30pm               

Room 108A, Medical Education Building                                Room 108A, Medical Education Building

 Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital                                  Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

1 Robert Wood Johnson Place                                                  1 Robert Wood Johnson Place

New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1969                                                  New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1969



**There are 39 spots available for this study and are first come, first served.**

If you are interested in T.H.E.B.E.S.T. and are not able to attend the recruitment session, please contact the registered dietitian (Rachel Griehs, MS, RD, LDN) at or 973-202-4550.















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