What are the benefits?

What will happen?

Up to $600 in compensation will be provided for time and travel. All participants will receive group classes at no cost.

You will come to the UC San Diego campus in La Jolla for testing. We will test your memory and concentration, fitness using a treadmill stress test, body composition including bone mineral density, balance, and insulin sensitivity using an oral glucose tolerance test. We will also do a brain scan, ask you questions about your mood and daily life, and take blood and saliva samples to see how your immune system is working. Participation is voluntary, and you can withdraw at any time.

What tests will I do?

If you participate, you will be randomly assigned (like flipping a coin) to one of four groups:

Mindfulness
+ Exercise
+ Mindfulness plus exercise
+ Health education

Each group will meet for 18 months. The mindfulness and health education classes meet at UC San Diego offices in University City. The exercise classes meet at either the Toby Wells YMCA or Mission Valley YMCA.