HIP Program Featured in the Houston Chronicle
HHP faculty Dr. Rebecca Lee’s ‘HIP’ program was featured in the Houston Chronicle on 07/07/2007. HIP (Health is Power) is a five year study funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the National Institute of Health (NIH). HIP is multi-site project currently recruiting and working with Hispanic women in Austin and African American women in Houston.
Health Is Power coordinator Jacque Reese-Smith said many of the women drawn to the UH program suffer weight problems, but obesity is not a criterion for admission. Applicants need only be between the ages of 25 and 60 and in relatively good health, she said. Once accepted, they are randomly divided into groups concentrating on either diet or exercise.
After health checks and introductory sessions, women are sent home to exercise — often with friends who reinforce the good behavior — and eat smarter. They keep logs of their activities, and check with the program staffers six times over 12 months.