The Early Cardiovascular Health Outreach SMS (ECHOS)program is a fun and innovative way of educating teens on heart healthy facts. Cardiovascular disease is a major cause of death in the United States. Prevention of heart disease starts early. We want teens to have the knowledge and tools to live healthy lives. Our curriculum sends monthly text messages on heart healthy facts to keep teens and their families healthy. The curriculum includes the following topics: Healthy eating, Exercise, Tobacco prevention, High cholesterol, Diabetes, Heart disease, and Stress reduction.
ECHOS is a pilot program administered by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Prevention of heart disease starts early and it start with you. Help us make our program even better by completing a pre- and post-survey. Please read the consent below for the pilot program and register to receive text messages.
Marcella Calfon-Press, MD, Phd and Jennifer Phung, MD at the University of California, Los Angeles are conducting a research study. You were selected as a possible participant in this study because you are between the ages of 13 and 17 years old, and have access to a text-messaging plan. Your participation in this research study is voluntary.
Why is this study being done? This study is designed to assess the impact and userability of the text-messaging curriculum.
What will happen if I take part in this research study? If you volunteer to participate in this study, the researcher will ask you to do the following:
How long will I be in the research study? Participation will take a total of about 9 months
Are there any potential risks or discomforts that I can expect from this study? Standard text-messaging rates may apply. Some may find these texts messages annoying or distracting.
Are there any potential benefits if I participate? You may benefit from the study's heart healthy facts to prevent disease. The results of the research may provide information to improve the program
Will I be paid for participating? No, participation is voluntary. Participants will have the opportunity to win a $25 Amazon card raffle.
Will information about me and my participation be kept confidential? Any information that is obtained in connection with this study and that can identify you will remain confidential. It will be disclosed only with your permission or as required by law. Confidentiality will be maintained by means of password protected database.
What are my rights if I take part in this study?
Who can I contact if I have questions about this study?
UCLA Office of the Human Research Protection Program (OHRPP):If you have questions about your rights while taking part in this study, or you have concerns or suggestions and you want to talk to someone other than the researchers about the study, please call the OHRPP at (310) 825-7122 or write to