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Interested in Participating?

To find out if you are eligible to participate as a Change Club Member, which includes all of the data collection activities as well as regular group meetings, please complete this questionnaire*:


$75 compensation per timepoint**

To find out if you are eligible to participate in the Change Club project as a Community Resident, which only includes a survey, please complete this screening questionnaire*:


$75 compensation per timepoint**

* You can change your mind about participation at any time and ask to be withdrawn from the contact list. Please note that you still may receive up to 4 automated email messages.

** Payment is issued in Amazon e-gift cards or through a mobile payment app like Zelle for each completed round of data collection with an additional payment for completing all rounds. Full data collection will involve completing all data collection activities at enrollment and again at three additional annual timepoints.

Overview

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. You will only need to complete an online survey!

Q: What do the data collection activities include?

A: Change Club Members 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.

A: Community Residents will online need to complete an online survey!

Q: Do I have to complete all of these data collection activities?

A: Change Club Members need to complete all data collection activities listed above (1-3) and Community Residents only need to complete the online survey.

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: Do I need access to an email address?

A: Yes, you will need an email address that you can access.  

Online Survey

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 Change Club Members these items at no cost.

Food Diary

Q. What is involved in completing the online food diary?

A: Change Club Members 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 Change Club Members 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, Change Club Members 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.

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 changeclub@cornell.edu.

Compensation

Q: What is the compensation?

A: Change Club Members 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. This allows you to earn up to $450 for Change Club Members. No compensation is provided for partial data.

Community Residents and Friends and Family Members who complete the online survey will receive $75 each year they complete the survey, If you complete all surveys across all four timepoints, you will also be provided with an additional $75 at the end of the project. This allows you to earn up to $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.

If you choose an Amazon e-gift card, you will need an Amazon account for shopping on Amazon online. To create a new Amazon account, you can click this link.

If you choose Zelle, you will either need a bank account with a bank that already uses Zelle. Please click this link to see if your bank is part of Zelle. If your bank uses Zelle, then you just need to go into your banking app and tap on the Zelle icon to get started. If your bank does not use Zelle, then you can download the Zelle app here. For information, please see the Getting Starting page from Zelle by clicking this link.

Contact Information

Q: I still have questions.  Who can I ask?

A: You can contact project staff by emailing changeclub@cornell.edu or calling 607-253-3344.

A: You can also contact your local Change Club educators:

Jefferson County, New York
April Bennett, Nutrition Program Manager
aln48@cornell.edu
315-788-8450 ext. 265

Oneida County, New York
Olivia Raynard, County Extension Agent
omr4@cornell.edu
315-736-3394 ext. 253

Trinity County, Texas
Deborah Alvarenga, County Extension Agent
deborah.alvarenga@ag.tamu.edu
936-642-1421

Lamb & Hale Counties, Texas
Courtney Lowe, County Extension Agent
courtney.lowe@ag.tamu.edu
806-485-9135

Harrison County, Texas
Louraiseal D. McDonald, Country Extension Agent
ldmcdonald@ag.tamu.edu
903-935-8414

Next Steps

Q: I am interested in participating. What are the next steps?

A: You can complete an online screener to see if you are eligible. To access the online screener, please click here

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 changeclub@cornell.edu 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.

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