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September 24 Tech Tuesday Talk features TecHealth director Delia West


A South Carolina SmartState Center

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 Tuesday - September 24 - Noon
915 Greene Street, Discovery 1, Room 140

Does Incorporating Financial Incentives into an Online Weight Control Program Increase Behavioral Engagement and Weight Losses Achieved?

Delia West, PhD
Professor, Exercise Science
SmartState Endowed Chair
University of South Carolina

Internet-delivered behavioral weight control is a promising avenue for expanding the reach and availability of weight management, particularly in rural areas.  However, online programs typically produce lower weight losses than those achieved with a comparable intervention delivered in person.  Strategies to enhance weight loss outcomes for online programs are needed to fully realize the potential of online approaches.  Financial incentives have been shown to promote healthy behavior changes but have not been examined in the context of online interventions. Can the addition of incentives to a group-based, online program featuring synchronous chats enhance self-monitoring and the achievement of benchmark weight losses compared with the online program without incentives?  Find out the answer to this question!

Dr. Delia West is Professor of Exercise Science and SmartState Endowed Chair in the Arnold School of Public Health where she directs the Technology Center to Promote Health Lifestyles. She received her doctoral degree in psychology from Rutgers – The State University Of New Jersey and has a long and distinguished career in extramurally-funded research centered around strategies to improve health with weight loss and methods to enhance weight management interventions.  The research presented in this seminar reflects the results from the third in a series of continuously-funded RO1s of which she has been PI.

The event is free and open to the public.
Light refreshments will be served.

Tech Tuesday Talks is a free, monthly seminar series bringing together researchers from across the USC campus who share an interest in technology-assisted health promotion and disease prevention interventions and research.  The series presents a forum to learn about one another’s work, spark collaborations, as well as introduce students to the ongoing research conducted on the USC campus which incorporates technology in health promotion.  All interested faculty, staff, students and the general public are invited to attend.  Tech Tuesday Talks are presented on the fourth Tuesday of the month in Discovery I Building, Room 140 at noon.  To learn more, visit or contact

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