Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, Oregon receives $6.5 million to fund studies on health of adolescents and firefighters

Another $3.6 Million Is Expected Later This Year, Bringing The Total To $10 Million

Portland, Ore. -- Oregon Health Sciences University's Division of Health Promotion and Sports Medicine in the School of Medicine just received grants totaling nearly $6.5 million with another $3.6 million expected later this year. The grants will fund studies to improve the health of adolescents and firefighters. The three new studies will look at enhancing the exercise and nutrition of firefighters, preventing eating disorders and drug use among adolescent female athletes, and drug testing of high school athletes. Funding for these studies is being provided by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases and the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

The principal investigators of the studies will be Linn Goldberg, M.D., professor of medicine, School of Medicine, and head of the Division of Health Promotion and Sports Medicine, and Diane Elliot, M.D., professor of medicine, SM.

The first study funded by the NIAMSD titled Promoting Healthy Lifestyles: Alternate Models' Effect (PHLAME) is a four-year program with a $1.8 million grant to enhance the exercise and nutrition of firefighters. PHLAME will be done in conjunction with Kaiser Permanente's Center for Health Research and will compare two intervention methods -- a teamwork approach and an individualized approach.

"We know what behaviors keep you healthy. The challenge is learning how to make those behaviors part of our lifestyle," says Elliot.

"Although we are comparing two approaches for helping firefighters to reduce their risk of heart disease, findings from this study will be helpful for many other groups," said Victor Stevens, Ph.D., assistant director for epidemiology and disease prevention at Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research.

The second grant funded by the NIDA, in the amount of $4.5 million, is for a five-year study called Athletes

Contact: Christine Long
Oregon Health & Science University

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