The purpose of Project FREE is to determine whether adding health-focused programs (such as exercise and health education) to standard smoking-cessation treatment will help smokers quit cigarettes for good.
Interested individuals will undergo an initial in-person interview to determine eligibility to participate in the study. Once eligible, participants are randomly assigned (through a computer program) to one of two health-focused programs: aerobic exercise or health education.
Participants assigned to the aerobic exercise program will receive an assessment of their physical fitness and an aerobic exercise program tailored to their own physical fitness level. All sessions are supervised by an experienced exercise physiologist and are held at a fitness facility on the Butler Hospital campus.
Participants assigned to the 12-week health & wellness program will be taught by an experienced health educator. Sessions are focused on providing information on various health topics affected by cigarette smoking along with approaches toward adopting a healthier lifestyle.
There will be follow-up assessments at the end of each program, as well as three and nine months later.
This study is being conducted by experienced researchers at Butler Hospital, affiliated with The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Funding for this study is provided by the National Cancer Institute.
Participation is voluntary. All information gathered will be treated as confidential.
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