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THRIVING Study - TelehealtH based study in oldeR adults strIVing to lose weIght and eNhance functioninG
TelehealtH based study in oldeR adults strIVing to lose weIght and eNhance functioninG

We’re recruiting research study volunteers to help us understand safe and healthy weight loss.

Our team’s previous research has shown that technology use can help older adults lose weight and improve physical function while decreasing the burden of in-person visits. This study’s overarching goal is improving the health and well-being of older adults. Specifically, we want to promote safe weight loss, improve physical function, and improve overall quality of life.

About the study

All participants will receive a video-conferencing (telemedicine) delivered program. Participants will be randomly selected to receive either:

  • Nutrition counseling and group exercise with a registered dietitian and physical therapist


  • A health coaching program that focuses on changing habits and behaviors

Total participation in this study is 78 weeks:

  • Eight in-person measurement visits
  • Multiple telehealth home-based group
  • Individual video-conferencing sessions

Participants will receive a tablet and FitBit to use during the duration of the study. Each participant will also receive a total of $360 in gift cards over the course of the study.

View the full Study Brochure:THRIVING brohcure cover

Inclusion Criteria

  • 65 to 85 years old
  • Living independently
  • Body Mass Index > 30kg/m²
  • ≥ 2 chronic medical conditions
  • Pass screening criteria
  • Medical clearance by PCP
  • Willing to participate with other commitments

If you have any of the following, you are likely ineligible to participate

  • Cognitive Impairment or Dementia
  • History of any weight loss surgery
  • COVID-19 infection in past month
  • Major psychiatric disorders that might interfere with study participation
  • Life-threatening illness
  • Anti-obesity medication
  • Elective surgery in next 12 months of enrollment
  • Current or past 12 month participation in another weight loss study

Still have questions? Contact us!

Email Call Us: 919-962-3412


Dr. John A. Batsis
Dr. John A. Batsis
Study Principal Investigator

Amy Plymale
Amy Plymale
Study Coordinator

Paige Bramblett
Paige Bramblett
Research Assistant

Alex Gonsalves
Alex Gonsalves
Research Assistant

This study has been reviewed by the Institutional Review Board at UNC-Chapel Hill (IRB#23-1146). The Principal Investigator is John A. Batsis, MD. You may contact the IRB at 919-966-3113 or by email at This study is funded by the National Institute on Aging