Women’s Health Study: Project WHADE


Between ages 40 and 60, women experience a lot of life changes and stressors that can make prioritizing our own health extremely difficult. Our research team is interested in gathering information that can help us improve health programs for women in this age group, to make these programs more effective. We’re interested in learning more about the habits and behaviors of women age 40-60 who have any of the following health conditions:

High blood pressure (hypertension or prehypertension), type 2 diabetes or prediabetes, high cholesterol, metabolic syndrome, or smoker (or quit smoking within the past 3 months)

Participants must have a smartphone. Eligible women will be asked to attend an in-person meeting, and then record their experiences in daily surveys via smartphone for 10 days. They will also be asked to wear a waistband physical activity sensor to record their movements. Participants can earn up to $55 for their time and effort.

For more information, please email projectwhade@rowan.edu with your name and telephone number, or call (856)256-4872 to speak with our research coordinator, Megan Brown.

Think you’re eligible? Ready to get started? Click here to take our initial survey, and our staff will contact you to schedule an appointment.

Frequently Asked Questions About Participating

How many times per day will I be asked to take surveys?

With your permission, we’ll send text messages to your smartphone 5 times per day, spaced out by few hours each time. We try to make sure that they don’t come when you’re likely to be sleeping. Each survey takes less than 5 minutes to complete, and you have an hour to respond to each one. If you have to miss one here and there (you’re driving, at work, with your family, etc.), that’s okay. Just wait for the next one.

Do I need to increase my physical activity while I’m wearing the belt?

No, we ask that you go about your normal days while wearing it. In fact, we want to see what a “typical” 10-day period is like for you, so you should make decisions about your physical activity as you normally would. This means that you should schedule your participation when you’re not likely to be going out of town or anything similarly unusual.

Do I have to wear the activity belt when I’m sleeping?

Nope! Only during waking hours.

What do I have to do to take care of the belt?

Not much! No charging or washing it – make sure it doesn’t go with you into the shower or a pool, and keep it out of the laundry (washer/dryer). Put it on when you start your day and take it off when the day ends.

What if it’s difficult for me to come to Glassboro (Rowan’s main campus)?

Call us to get started and let us know that coming to Glassboro would be difficult. We can discuss other options that might work for you.

Does this study have a sponsor?

Yes. We’re fortunate to be sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, which is interested in helping to promote women’s health during age 40-60.