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The mission of the Veterans Research and Education Foundation of St. Louis is to improve the health and well-being of Veterans through research and education conducted within the VA St. Louis Health Care System.

INtervention Study In overweiGHT patients with COPD

COPD is the 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S. which is due to cigarette smoking, often accompanied with unhealthy lifestyle habits that lead to physical limitation and weight gain. This study is about finding out if a lifestyle program will improve Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease symptoms of patients with high body mass index. The lifestyle program involves promoting healthy diet and increasing physical activity to hopefully lead to weight loss and better exercise tolerance. In addition, the effects on shortness of breath, quality of life, and cardiovascular disease risk factors are also being observed.

PI: Dr. Kaharu Sumino

Study Coordinator: Marie White

This study is currently ongoing, but enrollment has closed. The projected study completion date is late 2020.