Faculty Advisor

Adams, David S.


This MQP analyzed data obtained from the Cancer Dietary Objectives (Can Do) Study conducted in the division of Preventative and Behavioral Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (Worcester, MA). The Can Do Study investigated the effects of dietary and lifestyle challenges on the risks of developing hypertension and related syndromes, cardiovascular disease (CVD), and certain types of cancer. This MQP focused on identifying correlations between blood pressure and hypertension risk, as related to weight loss, inches lost off waist and hips, and BMI in dieting subjects. The data indicated that dietary and lifestyle changes are correlated with a reduction in blood pressure and risk for hypertension.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2008


Biology and Biotechnology

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology

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