The University of Virginia, Public Health Sciences seeks families with overweight or obese children ages 8 to 12 for a research study. The Children’s Healthcare Center, the University of Virginia, and Danville Parks and Recreation are working together to do a 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. We provide screening 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. Family Connections is a 6 month program. During the first month parents will be asked to attend two classes to learn about good eating habits and goal setting. Only parents attend these classes. iChoose is a 12 month program. During the first 6 months parents and their children attend 12 classes every other week. In these classes you both will learn about good eating habits and fun physical activity. Children will also participate in a fun physical activity group on either Tuesday or Thursday evening and every other Saturday 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