James Madison University

Cardiovascular Risk, Exercise, and Women (CREW)

The CREW research project was designed to determine how traditional (cholesterol, triglycerides, blood glucose, blood pressure) and non-traditional (hsC-Reactive Protein, fibrinolysis profile, endothelial function, and sleep quality) cardiovascular risk factors relate to physical activity, physical fitness, and body composition in postmenopausal women.  The current phase of this study is a cross-sectional study that will help establish baseline values of risk factors and fitness for participants.  Women who enter the study will be followed and retested at five-year intervals to determine the how longitudinal changes in physical activity, fitness, and body composition affect a woman’s risk for cardiovascular disease.

Participants enrolled in the study will complete several questionnaires regarding their current health behaviors, quality of life, physical activity habits, and health status and have their blood drawn, complete a DXA scan (for body composition and bone density), and undergo a simple, non-invasive ultrasound test that determines blood vessel lining (endothelial) function.  Finally, participants will take part in physical fitness testing that determines their cardiovascular and muscular fitness, as well as their flexibility.  Testing is spread over three sessions.

This study was funded by a CISAT Teaching and Research Grant, as well as two CISAT Mini-Grants.

If you would like any further information, please contact the Morrison Bruce Center at morrisonbrucecenter@jmu.edu.


  • Healthy Kids
    Spring 2018 Dates:
    Thursdays, February 1 – April 12, 6:15-7:30pm 
    (Godwin Hall, JMU)
    * There will be no program on March 8 due to JMU's Spring Break
  • Girls Have H.E.A.R.T.
    Spring 2018 Dates:
    Tuesdays, February 6 – April 24, 3:45-5:15pm
    (Waterman Elementary School)
    * There will be no program on March 6 or March 27 due to JMU's and Harrisonburg City Schools' Spring Breaks
  • Movin' and Groovin' Day
    Spring 2018 Date:
    Saturday, March 24, 9:00am-3:00pm
    (Godwin Hall, JMU)
  • Alumni Health and Wellness Program
    Spring 2018 Date:
    Saturday, April 14 – Sunday, April 15
    (Godwin Hall, JMU)
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