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Male Research Participants Needed by May 14th

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ORONO, Maine – A University of Maine graduate student is hoping to find 12 young men to participate in a 12-week nutrition and exercise study on how a daily diet of antioxidant-rich wild Maine blueberries affects health and fitness.

Specifically, says Taylor Bloedon, a doctoral student in the UMaine Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, who is also working with the Exercise Science department, the study is intended to determine if a regular diet of blueberries is an effective inhibitor of inflammation and muscle damage associated with exercise in sedentary humans.

“The benefits include a comprehensive nutrition program and exercise plan upon completion of the study, a non-invasive fitness assessment, as well as wild blueberry t-shirts and hats,” Bloedon says.

Criteria for participation includes being a male between 21 and 30 years of age who exercises less than twice a week, but is able to jog and walk on a treadmill. Participants should like blueberries and be in the Orono area from May to August. Blueberries will be provided free to study participants.

Bloedon, who is working under Dr. Klimis-Zacas and Dr. Lehnhard at the University of Maine, can be reached by phone at (207) 581-4066 or by email at for more information. Bloedon is recruiting volunteers now, with the study scheduled to begin May 14th.