Our team is actively working on several research projects within the field of Lifestyle Medicine. On this page you will find comprehensive list of our ongoing research projects and review papers. We believe in the power of collaboration and invite medical students and residents to join us in these endeavors. 

Our research projects cover a wide range of topics, including the effects of diet and exercise on chronic disease prevention, the impact of stress management techniques on mental health, and the role of sleep and circadian rhythms in overall well-being. We provide opportunities for medical students and residents to actively participate in data collection, analysis, and publication. In addition to research projects, we also encourage collaboration on review papers. These papers aim to synthesize existing knowledge and provide evidence-based recommendations for lifestyle interventions in various clinical settings. Medical students and residents can contribute by conducting literature reviews, critically analyzing the available evidence, and drafting sections of the papers. Please see below for research projects currently looking for contributors. 


Email [email protected] with your name, background, and projects you are interested in to be connected with the research team. 

Movement & Exercise

Exercise Snacks Impact on Sedentary Lifestyle: A Systematic Review Focused on Low Resource Utilization

  • This systematic review aims to understand how exercise snacks, or brief snippets of exercise, every hour impacts a sedentary lifestyle. This review will focus on low resource utilization papers (no stairs, no equipment).
  • Marily Oppezzo, Michael Fredericson, Matt Kaufman, + 2 student needed

Peer Coaching Exercise Snack Intervention Study: Interrupting Prolonged Sitting with Short Bursts of 2-5 Minute Aerobic Activity

  • This pilot study aims to understand if the introduction of short bouts of exercise can cause longterm behavior change in sedentary individuals. The study team will work with management to introduce 2-3 minute exercise bouts into the work day of sedentary workers. Recruitment for this study will begin in the fall of 2023. 
  • Previous data has been collected on exercise snack studies and the research team is also looking for students to analyze this data to identify meaningful findings. 
  • Marily Oppezzo + 4 student needed

Efficacy of a Digital Care Program in Improving Chronic Low Back Pain: A Retrospective, Longitudinal Cohort Study

  • Background: Low back pain (LBP) is a major global health issue, affecting a significant proportion of individuals worldwide. Current medical interventions for LBP are costly and often lack long-term monitoring and patient engagement. Digital health interventions present an opportunity to overcome these barriers and enhance patient outcomes.
  • Study design: retrospective, longitudinal cohort study
  • Objective: Evaluate the efficacy of a digital health program comprising education, self-care activity, progressive exercises, and individual health coaching through a digital platform, in participants with chronic LBP over 8 weeks of participation
  • Primary outcomes: change in pain, proportion reaching a minimal clinically important change in pain (30%), and function
  • Secondary outcomes: depression, anxiety, surgery likelihood, work productivity, satisfaction, and engagement
  • Preliminary results: The digital care program was found to significantly (p< 0.001) improve all outcomes for participants as early as 4 weeks with continued improvements to 8 weeks.
  • What’s next: We have a more comprehensive dataset and will need to re-run statistical analyses. Prefer someone with some experience with statistics. We have some writing completed but will need to expand on all areas of the manuscript.
  • Corey Rovzar + 2 student needed

Healthful Nutrition

Supplements for Athletic Recovery: A Narrative Review

Nutrition Optimization Prior To and During Exercise & Impacts on Performance

  • This paper investigates the critical role of nutrition optimization before and during exercise and its impact on athletic performance, considering both the timing and type of nutritional sustenance.   
  • Marily Oppezzo, Michael Fredericson, Matt Kaufman

Topic Ideas For Review Papers

  • Balance interventions
  • Fall prevention, rehabilitation
  • Digital solutions for musculoskeletal pain
  • Digital solutions for fall prevention
  • Measurements of physical function
  • Assessing efficacy of sleep wearables and evidence behind them