Q. What is Change Club?
A Change Club is a small group of community residents who will work together to create positive health changes within their community. Change Clubs will identify and implement a project that makes it easier to make the healthy choice the easy choice in settings where people live, learn, work, or play. For example: revitalizing a walking trail, creating or supporting a mobile farmers’ market or community garden, etc.
Q: What would I need to do as a Change Club Member?
A: As a Change Club Member, you will participate in regular meetings, with the option for in-person or remote participation. These meetings will help you identify and implement a project to improve healthy eating and/or physical activity in your community. Implementation of your project may take up to 24 months depending on your project and your group’s work pace. You will be asked to participate in data collection which is described in more detail below. You will be compensated for participating in the data collection activities. You will also be asked to recruit 10 or more friends and family members to participate. Visit our Change Club Member FAQ page to learn more about the role of a Change Club Member.
Q: I am not interested in becoming a Change Club Member. Can I still take part in the project?
A: Yes! We are looking for community residents who would like to participate by providing us with health and behavioral information. These activities are described in more detail below.
Q: What do the data collection activities include?
A: You will need to complete (1) an online survey; (2) an online food diary; (3) wear a physical activity tracker (pedometer or personal wearable fitness device) for 7 days and report your steps.
Q: Do I have to complete all of these data collection activities?
A: Change Club Members and Community Residents need to complete all data collection activities listed above (1-3).
Q: What is the length of participation?
A: You will be asked provide data annually across four timepoints: baseline, approximately 12 months later, 24 months later, and 36 months later.
Q: Do I need to have access to a home computer to participate?
A: No, you do not need a home computer if you have another device that can connect to the internet and has a camera, like a phone or a tablet.
Q: What is involved in completing the online survey?
A: You will be asked to complete an annual, online survey. The questionnaire asks about your physical activity, diet, other health behaviors, mental health, quality of life, and demographic information, such as age and ethnicity. As part of the online survey, you will be asked to provide physical measurements that you will take yourself including height, weight, and waist circumference. The questionnaire takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.
Q: What if I don’t have a digital body weight scale or a tape measure?
A: If you do not own a digital body weight scale or tape measure to take your physical measurements, we will mail you these items at no cost to you.
Q. What is involved in completing the online food diary?
A: You will be asked to annually complete an online food diary of one day. You will record everything you ate and drank over the previous 24 hours. The food diary takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.
Physical Activity Tracking
Q: Do I need to purchase a pedometer to track my steps?
A: No, our staff will ship you a pedometer to your home for you to use. Please make sure to store this pedometer in a safe place that you will remember as you will be asked to use it again at 12mo, 24mo and 36mo data collection.
Q: Can I use my own wearable fitness device like my Fitbit?
A: Yes, you may use your own wearable fitness device from our list of pre-approved fitness trackers. The list of pre-approved fitness devices can be found at the end of the Change Club Member Screener and the Community Resident Screener.
Q: What should I do if my pedometer didn’t arrive?
A: You should have received an email with tracking information when your pedometer was shipped. If you did not receive the email, you never received the shipment or any other shipping issues please contact project staff at email@example.com.
Q: What is the compensation?
A: Change Club Members and Community Residents who participate in full data collection will receive $75 each year that they complete all of the following: online survey, online food diary, and physical activity tracking. If you complete all data collection activities across all four timepoints, you will be provided an additional $150 for Change Club Members and $75 for all others at the end of the project. This allows you to earn up to $450 for Change Club Members and $375 for all others over the course of the project. No compensation is provided for partial data.
Q: How will I receive the compensation payments?
A: After all of the data collection activities are complete for each round, you will receive $75 compensation. Compensation will be in the form of an Amazon e-gift card or through a mobile payment app like Zelle, depending on which method you select. It may take 1-2 weeks to receive compensation after all activities are marked complete.
Q: I still have questions. Who can I ask?
A: You can contact project staff by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 607-253-3344.
A: You can also contact your local Change Club educators:
Jefferson County, New York
April Bennett, Nutrition Program Manager
315-788-8450 ext. 265
Oneida County, New York
Olivia Raynard, County Extension Agent
315-736-3394 ext. 253
Trinity County, Texas
Deborah Alvarenga, County Extension Agent
Lamb & Hale Counties, Texas
Courtney Lowe, County Extension Agent
Limestone County, Texas
Emily Fisher, County Extension Agent
Harrison County, Texas
Louraiseal D. McDonald, Country Extension Agent
Q: I am interested in participating. What are the next steps?
Q: What if I change my mind about participating?
A: You can change your mind about participating at any time. We ask that you notify us by sending a message to email@example.com and appreciate if you can tell us why you no longer wish to participate so that we can try to improve the experience in the future. Once notified, we will remove you promptly from the study contact lists, but please be aware that you may still receive up to 4 system-automated emails.