Exercise for pregnant women with a BMI ≥ 28

Researchers at the Faculty of Medicine at NTNU, and at the Women's and Children's Clinics at St. Olav's Hospital wish to study the effects of regular exercise during pregnancy.

We are seeking pregnant women with a BMI equal to or greater than 28 for participation in the study. You must be earlier in the pregnancy than week 16 to join. To be included in the study you must:

  • Not currently exercise regularly (meaning you do not exercise twice a week or more)
  • Be able to meet for exercise at the hospital 3 times a week continuing towards your due date

Half of the participants will be assigned to an exercise training group that meets at St. Olav's Hospital; the other half will be assigned to a control group receiving usual pregnancy care. Both groups will receive extra follow-up during and after the pregnancy. Everyone who participates will receive baby food for 500kr.

The study began fall of 2010 and has been approved by the Regional Committee for Medical and Health Research Ethics, Central Norway.

For more information, or to join the study: trine.moholdt@ntnu.no, 97098594

Check your BMI here (external link)


Exercise to prevent risk factors for cardiovascular disease

Researchers at the Faculty of Medicine at NTNU wish to study the effect of different types of endurance training to reduce known risk factors for developing metabolic syndrome.

For this project, we are seeking lightly overweight individuals over 30 years of age who additionally meet one of the following criteria:

  • Reduced glucose tolerance
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Blood pressure over 140/90

Before inclusion, we will perform a medical examination to determine if you can participate in the study.

We expect the project to start during spring of 2012, and the intense training period will last for 16 weeks. Follow-up with less frequent training sessions will last for 1 year. You will be asked to attend a follow-up three years after the start of the study. Medical testing will occur at initiation, 16 weeks, 1 year and 3 years. As a participant you will be randomly assigned to one of three exercise groups.

The project has been approved by the Regional Committee for Medical and Health Research Ethics, Northern Norway.

For more information about the study, please contact Arnt Erik Tjønna by phone: 72 82 83 58 or email: arnt.e.tjonna@ntnu.no


Sleep Apnea patients sought for exercise study

Researchers at the Faculty of Medicine at NTNU and Clinic for Lung Medicine at St. Olav's Hospital wish to study how interval training affects quality of sleep in patients with Sleep Apnea.

We are seeking volunteers with diagnosed sleep apnea who do not have any serious illness limiting the ability to undertake physical activity.

The study consists of 12 weeks with interval training and medical examinations to determine quality of sleep, lung function, heart function, fitness, blood samples and questionnaire at the beginning of the study and after 12 and 24 weeks. As a participant you will be randomly assigned to one of 2 groups – one group doing interval training and the other group continuing with their normal lifestyle.

The project has been approved by the Regional Committee for Medical and Health Research Ethics, Central Norway.

For more information about the study, please contact Trine Karlsen, e-mail: trine.karlsen@ntnu.no, telephone: +47 92644422


Exercise of obese teenagers and children


Researchers at the Faculty of Medicine wish to study how different exercise regimes affect heart function in obese youth. Additionally, we wish to resesarch what effect these types of exercise have on known risk factors of cardiovascular disease, such as blood pressure, blood glucose levels, and cholesterol.


For this project, we are looking for overweight children and teenagers between the ages of 6-16 years old. The project has been approved by the Regional Committee for Medical and Health Research Ethics, Central Norway.


The project will likely begin this fall, and the exercise program will last for 12 weeks, accompanied by 12 months of follow-up. See the table to determine overweight.

Body Mass Index
(BMI = kg/m2)

Age in years BMI cutoffs for obesity treatment
< 7 19
7 – 8 21
8 – 9  ≥ 22
9 – 10 24
10 – 11 25
11 – 12 26
12 – 13 27
13 – 15 28
> 15 29

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