James Madison University

Women Atherosclerosis Inflammation And Thrombosis (WAIAT)

The WAIAT research project was designed to determine the effects of diet induced weight loss and exercise on traditional (blood pressure, blood cholesterol, BMI, blood glucose) and nontraditional risk factors (hsC-Reactive Protein, fibrinolysis profile, endothelial function, and sleep quality) for cardiovascular disease by using a randomized intervention trial in previously sedentary post menopausal (12 months without a menstrual cycle) women.

The following variables were assessed: blood cholesterol, glucose, body composition (using DEXA scan) and physical fitness (cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, endurance and flexibility). The study was a 9 week intervention. Participants were randomly assigned to the Diet Intervention or the Exercise Intervention. Individuals in the Diet group completed all of the tests listed above and come to the MBC once a week for 30 minutes to review their dietary intake and body weight. Participants assigned to the Exercise Intervention completed all of the tests listed above and were asked to come to the Crawford Fitness Center (JMU Godwin Hall) 3-4 times per week (60 minutes/day) to complete a prescribed exercise routine designed to increase their cardiovascular and muscular fitness.


  • Girls Golf
    Fall 2016 Dates:
  • - September 10th (Mulligan’s)
    - October 8th (Mulligan’s)
    - October 22nd (Mulligan's) - Rain Location – Godwin Hall, JMU
    - November 12th (Godwin)
    - December 3rd (Godwin)
  • All sessions will run from 9:00-12:00pm, unless otherwise noted.
    Open to all girls aged 7-17, and girls can register at any time!
  • Healthy Kids
    Fall 2016 Dates:
    Tuesdays, 6:15-7:30pm 
    September 13th to December 6th
    Godwin Hall, JMU
    * There will be no program on November 23rd due to JMU’s academic calendar
  • Barbells and Brunch
    Sunday, November 13th
  • Contact the Morrison Bruce Center at morrisonbrucecenter@jmu.edu with questions or to register for any of our programs!