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Project DASH

NOW RECRUITING: A BRAIN-TRAINING GAME FOR MEN WHO WANT TO IMPROVE DIET, GET FIT AND Lose Weight

DietDASHDietDASH is a brain-training game designed to help you say “no” to tempting sweet treats and reach for healthier options instead.

Eating a diet high in sugar has been shown to lead to weight gain and a number of related health consequences, including type 2 Diabetes and some types of cancer. Many people are aware that they eat an unhealthy amount of sweets and want to cut down. However, we know that successfully cutting back on sugars is extremely difficult. The human mind has evolved to strongly crave sugar so strongly that many scientists regard it as an addiction. The part of the mind that attempts to say “no” to sweet foods, called “inhibitory control,” is often no match for our powerful cravings.

Project DASH, which is funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), is the first study to test whether a computerized training game can strengthen inhibitory control, and therefore reduce the consumption of sugary foods and help people lose weight.

Opportunities to get involved

Project DASH is recruiting men to volunteer in a 10-week study to test a computerized training game designed to help them follow a more healthful diet plan, reduce consumption of high-sugar foods and lose weight. Study participants will be asked to complete 10 minutes of computer training every day and attend 4 in-lab visits for additional training and assessments.

If you are male, between ages 25 and 60, overweight, eat sweets on a regular basis, and would like to find out if you are eligible, schedule a screening call, phone us at 215.553.7110, or emailĀ projectdash@drexel.edu.