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Request for Research Participation

Hello, my name is Joel Hamilton. I am a graduate student in the Dietetic program at Southern Illinois University. I am working on a thesis project entitled, “The relationship between Protestantism and risk for diet-related diseases among African American men.”

Many diet-related diseases strike African American men harder and more often than they do white Americans. This study will explore differences in risk between religious and non-religious African American men.

If you would like to take part in the survey you must identify as male, be African American, be 30 years of age or older, and live within 10 miles of Carbondale. Paper surveys and online surveys are available. You can use a phone, laptop, or computer to take the online version. All responses are anonymous. The link to the online survey is below.

If a paper survey is desired, please send an email to to arrange a date and time. You will have a chance to win a pocket square, necktie, and cufflink set for your participation.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

Thank you for your time. Together, we can make a difference.

Joel Hamilton, B.S.
Graduate Student
Dietetic Internship and Combined Master’s Degree program in Community Nutrition
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

This project has been reviewed and approved by the SIUC Human Subjects Committee. Questions concerning your rights as a participant in this research may be addressed to the Committee Chairperson, Office of Sponsored Projects Administration, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL 62901-4709. Phone (618) 453-4533. E-mail

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