HealthyBodies | HealthyMinds

Seeking individuals ages 12+ to complete 1-week study completely from your smart phone

What is the purpose of the study?

The purpose of the Ecological Daily Needs Assessment study is to help people with mental illness live a healthier lifestyle.

Did you know? 1 in 5 people are diagnosed with a mental illness in their lifetime. Managing the symptoms of mental illness is burdensome enough. On top of dealing with depression, anxiety or other symptoms, individuals with mental illnesses have shorter lifespans due to higher rates of obesity, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease (CVD). Some medications can contribute to weight gain, which increases the risk for these illnesses. We know that leading a healthy lifestyle, including healthy eating and physical activity, helps keep weight stable and prevents diabetes and CVD. But it’s really hard to make lifestyle changes without a lot of help and support.

Our study aims to find out: how can we help?

What is involved in the study?

In this study, we will collect information on your eating and exercise habits using the HealthyBodies | HealthyMinds app. Throughout the day, the HealthyBodies | HealthyMinds app will send you automated text messages and notifications. You will be able to respond in the moment to questions such as:

  • What are your health goals for today?
  • Do you plan on exercising right now?
  • What time do you usually eat breakfast?
  • What would help you make a healthy choice?

While there is no direct benefit to participating, your responses in the app will help the Healthy Mind Lab build an app that is fun, useful and helps to promote a healthy lifestyle.

Click “Download the App” and you will be taken to HealthyBodies | HealthyMinds on the iTunes store.


You may be eligible if…

  • You are age 12+
  • You have ever been diagnosed with a mental health or psychological disorder
  • You own a mobile Apple device such as an iPhone, iPod, or iPad

What is involved in the study?

If you are eligible to participate and you choose to participate, the study lasts for 1 week. You will download the HealthyBodies | HealthyMinds app to your Apple device and keep your Apple device on you most of the day for one week.

If you are under 18 years old and would like to participate, please contact Steve at 314-362-5939 or for further instructions on how to download the app.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of the study?

You will not benefit personally. However, we hope that others may benefit in the future from what we learn as a result of this study.

Will I be compensated for my time?

All participants will have the option of enrolling in a monthly drawing for a $50 Visa gift card.

What if I decide I don’t want to continue in the study once I’ve started?

You are free to stop the study at any time, and stopping participation will not affect your health care.

Can I do the study more than once?

No, but you can let your friends know about the study by sharing HealthyBodies | HealthyMinds. We want as many people to participate as possible, so we can have a good idea of what will be needed to make a successful mobile app!

Click “Download the App” and you will be taken to HealthyBodies | HealthyMinds on the iTunes store.

For more information, call 314-362-5939 or email

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