Study for families with overweight or obese children

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Principal Investigator
Jamie Zoellner
Bryan Price
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Official Trial Title
A randomized-controlled trial to compare the reach, effectiveness and maintenance of two family-based childhood obesity treatment programs in a medically underserved region
Study Description

UVA Public Health Sciences, SOVAH Pediatrics, PATHS, and Danville Parks and Recreation are seeking families living in the Danville, Virginia/Pittsylvania County area with overweight or obese children ages 5 to 12 for a research study about how to best improve child weight status.

The purpose of the study is to compare two childhood obesity treatment programs to see which one is the best fit for your community. Your family may be eligible for this study if your child meets the age requirement and has a higher than ideal body weight according to the growth chart. Screening will be provided to determine eligibility.

If you choose to participate in the study, your family will be randomized, like a flip of a coin, into one of the two programs: Family Connections or iChoose. Both programs will be offered in Chatham, Virginia and Danville, Virginia.

Family Connections is a 6 month program in which parents will be asked to attend two classes to learn about good eating habits and goal setting. iChoose is a 12 month program for both parents and their children to attend classes every other week for 6 months to learn about good eating habits and fun physical activity. Children will also participate in a fun physical activity group 1-2 times a week and will also receive a newsletter featuring class activities and healthy lifestyle tips. In both programs, parents will receive automated telephone support calls to help reinforce what you learn in class and help you with your progress. If you need a little help, trained parents will help you to find solutions to your family’s barriers so that you are able to keep on track.

In order to know how well the programs work, there will be four health screenings: one at the beginning of the program, one at 3 months, one at 6 months, and the last one at 12 months. We will check things like your blood pressure, waist circumference, and height and weight and get you to do some surveys. Both programs and the health screenings are provided free of charge.


up to $300 per family