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Integrative Intervention with Creative Arts Therapies and Nutrition – I2CAN: A Pilot Study

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Recruiting Volunteers for a Research Study

Research Objectives

Postmenopausal women are at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease and compromised psychological wellbeing, particularly when overweight. This study, which includes both a creative arts therapy intervention and nutrition education option, will assess whether this approach can improve cardiovascular and psychosocial health.

Want to take part in a research study to improve your health?

The study being conducted at Drexel University seeks volunteers to participate in an exciting research project to improve your cardiovascular and psychosocial health.

Who is eligible?

You should be between ages 45-70 years (postmenopausal for at least 1 year) and overweight (BMI 25kg/m2 – 40kg/m2).

What is involved?

You will be asked to participate in 16 weekly group sessions (either nutrition education or combined with creative arts therapy) of 60-75 minutes each. During the first and last visit, we will collect a blood and urine sample, measure your body composition and ask you to complete a series of questionnaires.

Study Visits and Compensation

Two in person sessions, up to 16 weekly sessions are delivered via zoom, $100 compensation.

If you are interested in participating in this study, please contact Dr. Deeptha Sukumar or Dr. Girija Kaimal at

This research is conducted by a researcher who is a member of Drexel University