About the Program

What is Lose Now NC?

Lose Now NC is a FREE (no fees to participate) weight loss program that will be held in Kannapolis in 2012. It is brought to you by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This program is based on years of other successful weight loss programs that have been conducted at the UNC Weight Research Program.

We are encouraging participants to enroll with a friend or family member who also wants to lose weight. You may enroll with up to two others. (It is not mandatory to enroll with others…you can still participate on your own if you prefer.) Having a support partner may help you to be more successful!

The Lose Now NC weight loss program is also a research study. We are studying whether or not we can recruit a large, diverse group of overweight individuals who want to lose weight and enroll them in a 4 month weight loss program that combines monthly group sessions with an interactive internet program. We also are studying whether the number of participants in the group affects participation and success. If you are eligible and enroll, you will be randomly assigned into one of two groups, which means you can’t choose the group. The only difference between the groups is the number of participants attending. If you join with a friend or family member, they will be in the same group as you. All participants will use an internet program between the group sessions.

If you enroll, you will be one of approximately 225 men and women participating in the program.

What will I do in the program?

  • Attend 4 monthly group weight loss sessions led by weight loss experts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from June to September, 2012.
  • Access the Lose Now NC website at least once a week to complete lessons and other program activities.
  • Attend one initial and one final measurement visit and complete questionnaires.

All activities take place at the Nutrition Research Institute in Kannapolis, NC.