Exercise and QUality diet After Leukemia (EQUAL)



Adults who had leukemia when they were kids are more likely to be overweight and obese than other adults. Being overweight can lead to other problems including diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, arthritis and heart disease. Many survivors suffer from these problems, and leukemia treatment may be the reason. However, doctors still don’t know the best way for leukemia survivors to lose weight.

What is EQUAL?

The Exercise and QUality diet After Leukemia (EQUAL) Study: a study to find the best way to help leukemia survivors lose weight. Eligible participants will complete three home visits, three online questionnaires, and will be randomly assigned to one of these programs:

  1. Self-directed program: Receive written materials about living a healthy lifestyle and losing weight
  2. Web-based program: Use a website, email and telephone counseling with a health coach 

You have the same chance of getting into either program. You will not get to choose, but both programs may help you lose weight! You will receive a $50 gift card after each home visit. 

Everyone in the EQUAL study will get the chance to lose weight and learn how to live a healthy life.

The overall results of the EQUAL study will be provided to physicians and the survivorship community to improve the health of all survivors.

Who can participate?

You may be eligible to join if you:

  • Have a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 25 kg/m2 (we can help you figure this out)
  • Have an email address and access to a computer with the internet
  • Are interested in changing your eating habits and physical activity level
  • Can fill out an online questionnaire three times over the two-year study period
  • Agree to have about 2-3 tablespoons of blood drawn in your home, three times: when you first join the study, then 12 and 24 months later
  • Allow measurement of your height, weight and blood pressure during the home visits (three times)

EQUAL is not for you if:

Your doctor does not think it would be safe for you to exercise or try to lose weight.