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Go Healthy SCI

Primary Investigator: Dr. Susan Robinson-Whelen

Online Group Weight Management Program for People with Spinal Cord Injury

Weight loss can be especially difficult for people who have a mobility impairment, like SCI. People with SCI face the same barriers to weight loss as people without disabilities, but they also face additional barriers such as pain, fatigue, lack of transportation, lack of access, and lack of knowledge about how to safely change their diet and physical activity.

The Spinal Cord Injury and Disability Research center (SCIDR) at TIRR Memorial Hermann has developed and is testing the GoHealthySCI program, a weight management program designed for people with SCI. You might be eligible if you:

  • Are at least 18 years of age
  • Have a spinal cord injury with onset at least 1 year ago
  • Are overweight or obese
  • Live in Houston and the surrounding area
  • Have an interest in making lifestyle changes to lose weight
  • Have access to a computer with internet

Volunteers will be asked to come to the TIRR Memorial Hermann Research Center in the Texas Medical Center to attend three assessments (at baseline, 4 months, and 6 months), complete online questionnaires, and wear an activity monitor after each of the three assessments. Participants will receive financial compensation for their time.

Participants will be randomly assigned to either a weight loss or a control condition. Those in the weight loss condition will participate in a 24-week group program that meets online (with once a month meetings in-person).

If interested in more information, contact the GoHealthySCI Research Study by phone: 713.797.7572 or by email:

The study is funded by the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation. The study is being conducted through TIRR-Memorial Hermann’s Spinal Cord Injury and Disability Research Center in Houston, Texas by investigators affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Other collaborating institutions include the University of Houston, the University of Montana, and the University of Texas Houston Health Science Center.