Charlotte, North Carolina 28203


This is a randomized controlled trial to study a nutrition education intervention in individuals with spinal cord injuries both in the acute rehabilitation setting (n = 100) and the community setting (n = 100). Participants in the treatment group will receive six interactive nutrition lectures based upon a successful program that has been used in older adults titled "Eat Smart, Stay Well". The goals of intervention are to improve whole-grain, fruit and vegetable, and low-fat dairy intake and reduce fat and saturated fat intake. Secondary outcomes will include improvements in waist circumference of body mass index and some biomarkers such as cholesterol and blood sugar.

Study summary:

The prevalence of SCI is significant. Obesity, diabetes, and CVD are more prevalent in the SCI population. Many individuals with SCI are unable or have a limited capacity to exercise. This reality makes good nutrition even more urgent. This study will be the first to test whether additional nutrition education can improve nutrition behavior and knowledge, diet quality, adiposity, and metabolic CVD risk factors in individuals with SCI and to determine the best setting to deliver nutrition education to individuals with SCI.


Inclusion Criteria: - American Spinal Injury Association classification A, B, C as long as they are not functional ambulators Exclusion Criteria: - Stage III or IV pressure ulcers, pregnancy, end-stage renal disease, treatment for cancer except for nonmelanoma skin cancer within the past five years, and chronic, nontobacco substance-abuse, cognitive impairment with inability to learn



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Jesse A Lieberman, MD, MSPH
Carolinas Rehabilitation

Sherri Stutts
Phone: 704-355-4906

Backup Contact:


Location Contact:

Charlotte, North Carolina 28203
United States

Jesse A Lieberman, MD, MSPH
Phone: 704-355-0649

Site Status: Recruiting

Data Source:

Date Processed: March 16, 2018

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