ReCHARGE with Strawberries - Screening Questionnaire
Welcome to the ReCHARGE with Strawberries study website and thank you for your interest! This study is being conducted by Cal Poly and Humboldt State University faculty and students to evaluate the effectiveness of strawberries on heart and gut health in postmenopausal women who
have low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels ≥116 mg/dl (if you are unsure of your levels, we can check this for you at no cost to you if you meet the initial criteria for our study)
Participation in this study would last approximately 16-18 weeks, including two, 6-week diet intervention phases during which you would be asked to consume a strawberry or strawberry-flavored drink once daily. Prior to and between the 6-week diet interventions, you would be asked to follow a controlled diet for 2-3 weeks to "washout" any effects of specific foods that may mask the potential effect of the strawberry drinks. In order to participate, you must be willing to avoid or limit certain foods and beverages for the duration of the study and drink both strawberry beverages every day for 6-weeks each.
As a participant, you will also attend various health check appointments held on the Cal Poly campus, or at select satellite locations in the counties of San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Humboldt, and Tulare. All participants will receive FREE health checks including body weight assessment, resting blood pressure, blood tests for markers of heart and metabolic health, and personal diet assessments. On four separate occasions, you will visit a local clinic to have a small amount (~3-4 tbsp) of blood drawn. We also ask you to provide us with 8 stool samples during the 16-18 weeks to allow us to check your gut health (we will provide you with all of the supplies you will need to collect the stool sample as discreetly as possible). Lastly, you will be asked to track your diet and physical activity for 3 days during select weeks. For those who are able to complete our study needs, you would be compensated up to $350.00, and receive a free nutrition consultation with a Registered Dietitian or Dietetic intern and a summary of your individual lab results.
If you have any questions or would like to speak with a researcher, please contact your nearest research location. After receiving your email or phone call, a team member will respond to your email or return your call in 1-3 business days.
Cal Poly: send an email to ReCHARGE@calpoly.edu or call us directly at 805-756-1175.
Humboldt State University: send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Dr. Taylor Bloedon directly at 707-826-5967.