Exercise and Quality Diet After Leukemia: The EQUAL Study

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Exercise and Quality Diet After Leukemia: The EQUAL Study


Survivors of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) are at risk for obesity and cardiovascular disease. Dietary improvement and physical activity can help survivors achieve a healthy weight and reduce their cardiovascular disease risk.

In this study, researchers want to assess the effectiveness of a personal diet and exercise coaching program to help obese adult survivors of childhood ALL to lose weight. Participants will first complete a questionnaire about their health and diet, and will have a home visit for blood tests as well as measurement of their height, weight, and blood pressure. They will then be randomly assigned to one of two groups:

  • Group A will participate in an online health program that includes regular contact with a health coach, exercise guidance, and weight loss support.
  • Group B will receive brochures about healthy living, but will not have a health coach or participate in the online health program.

All participants will be in the study for two years, and researchers will compare their weight loss and health.


This study includes participants in the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study who had ALL as children, are now over age 18 and obese, and have not already been diagnosed with heart disease.

For more information about this study, please contact Dr. Emily Tonorezos at 646-888-4730.