Vacationing and Health Study
A study by Syracuse University Falk College examining the psychological, social, and physical changes that occur when someone takes time off from work.
Purpose and Eligibility
The purpose of this research is to examine the psychological, social, and physical changes that occur when someone takes time off from work. This study will examine the association between paid time off and health outcomes. This research may help inform perceptions of paid time off and identify the benefits of vacations both for businesses by increasing productivity and individuals/families by increasing quality of life.
If you are a full-time employee with paid annual vacation time, are at least 18 years old and have a vacation planned (3+ days) within the coming 1-4 months, we would like to invite you to participate in a new study at Syracuse University. The Vacationing and Health Study is funded by Project TimeOff and we hope to improve health outcomes of employees throughout the nation. This study is being conducted for research purposes only.
Hours Per Visit
Earn up to (and a fitbit)
What Participation Involves
Three laboratory visits will be scheduled. The laboratory visits will occur on Saturdays and will include a fasting blood draw at Syracuse University. We have an excellent phlebotomist working on the project. At the visits, we will collect a hair sample, take a facial photograph, obtain a blood pressure and heart rate fluctuation reading, and collect body measurements (such as waist circumference) from you. We will also ask you to bring your employer’s records of your paid time off in the past 12 months and have you complete several questionnaires and assessments.
Fitbit Tracking and Surveys
During the study we will also have you wear an activity monitor (Fitbit) for the 11 weeks that you participate as well as complete some online surveys in between the lab visits. For wearing the Fitbit and completing the surveys for at least 7 weeks, you will get to keep the Fitbit!
Brooks B. Gump, Ph.D., M.P.H
Falk Family Endowed Professor of Public Health, Director of Graduate Programs in Public Health
David B. Falk College of Sport & Human Dynamics,
Department of Public Health, Food Studies & Nutrition
White Hall, Syracuse, NY 13244
If you are interested in participating, please provide us with your contact information or call us at 315-443-1526 . A member of our research team will contact you soon.