Title of study:  The Effect of an Intensive Group Exercise Program on Healthy Eating Patterns and Emotional Eating Behavior 

Investigator: Wesley Smith 

Introduction and Purpose

You are being invited to join a research study. 

The purpose of this study is to see if eating patterns and emotional behavior towards food changes after completing the 54D program.

If you agree to participate in this research, you will be asked to complete two questionnaires online using Survey Monkey before starting 54D and at the conclusion of the program. Participation will last approximately 15 minutes for each questionnaire, for a total of 30 minutes. There will be no physical visits required. The questionnaires will need to be completed 2 times.

 Risk/ Benefit

The risks of this research is minimal. Some of the questions on the survey might make you feel uncomfortable or upset.  You do not have to answer any of the questions you do not want to answer.  

There is no direct benefit to you if you take part in this study. We hope this research will help further the understanding of the relationship between physical activity and eating behaviors and contribute to the development of efficient strategies diet and exercise as joined therapies for improved health.


As with all research, there is a chance that confidentiality could be compromised. To minimize the risks to confidentiality, we will remove any identifiable information collected and replace your name with a code. This information will be secured in the Google Drive document encrypted with a password only the research assistant will have access. Information that identifies you will not be included with the information; however, a link to your identity will be maintained separate from the information. 

When the research is completed, the investigator will save the data for possible use in future research done by us or others for up to 4 months after the study is over.  The same measures described above will be taken to protect confidentiality of this study data.

Individuals from the University of Miami who oversee research may access your data during audits or other monitoring activities.


You will not be paid for taking part in this study.


Participation in research is completely voluntary.  You are free to decline to take part in the project.  You can decline to answer any questions and you can stop taking part in the project at any time.  Whether or not you choose to participate, or answer any question, or stop participating in the project, there will be no penalty to you or loss of benefits to which you are otherwise entitled.


If you have any questions about this research, please feel free to contact Vanessa Lara at (305)613-9141 or v.lara@umiami.edu, under the supervision of Wesley Smith, wes@miami.edu.

If you have any questions about your rights or treatment as a research participant in this study, please contact the University of Miami Human Subjects Research Office at 305-243-3195 or hsro@med.miami.edu.

Completion of the surveys is considered your consent to participate.