Lorraine S. Evangelista

Lorraine S. Evangelista received her PhD in Nursing in 2000 from the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Evangelista’s research interests are in cardiovascular disease, quality of life, self-care behaviors, adherence, nutrition, obesity, dietary and exercise interventions.

Lorraine Evangelista, professor and interim associate dean of Academic & Student Affairs for the UCI Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing, was awarded an exploratory/developmental research grant by the National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Aging (R21AG053162) for her study entitled, “Fitness Intensive Therapy (Get FIT) to Promote Healthy Living in Older Adults.”

The award, totaling nearly $425,000, will fund the feasibility testing of two behavioral Fitness Intensive Therapies: Get FIT and Get FIT+. Get FIT includes Lose It©, an Mhealth-based intervention, plus a wearable Fitbit® device to monitor physical activity patterns. Participants will be monitored for three months and given a 45-minute behavioral counseling session focused on healthy eating and exercise.

The Get FIT+ participants will receive all of the program elements the Get FIT participants receive, along with personalized text messaging from a health coach. The study will include adults 60-years and older and at risk for cardiovascular disease. Researchers will measure the impact of Get FIT vs. Get FIT+ on diet and physical activity, clinical outcomes, psychosocial well-being, patient engagement, and recruitment and retention rates at three and six months, in preparation for a larger randomized clinical trial.

Read more at UCI News ›

Share This Story, Choose Your Platform!

Recent Posts