Offered by: Nemours Children's
Location: Delaware Valley (Milford, Del.)
Feasibility Trial of the iAmHealthy Intervention for Healthy Weight in Rural Children (Milford, Del.)
What is the trial about?
This is a study to find out what ways work best to get rural families interested in a study about children whose weight is above the healthy range and to find out if newsletters or newsletters plus online meetings using a tablet are better at helping these children achieve a healthy weight.
Who can participate?
This study will involve children and one of their caregivers (parent/guardian). The child and caregiver must live in a rural area (Milford, Del.). The child must be 6 to 11 years old. The child must be considered to have an unhealthy weight (high Body Mass Index). Both the child and caregiver must speak English.
What is involved?
Participation will last about 28 weeks. Children and their caregivers will be assigned to a 'newsletter only' group or a 'newsletters plus online' meetings group. The chance of being in either group is like the chance of getting either heads or tails when you flip a coin. The 'newsletter only' group will receive monthly newsletters about children's health for six months. The 'newsletter plus online meeting' group will also receive the same monthly newsletter for six months and will also have online meetings using a provided electronic tablet with other children and their caregivers, as well as a group leader, to talk about healthy behaviors. These online meetings will happen weekly for the first three months and then monthly for an additional three months. They will also have one-on-one online meetings with a dietitian.
Children and caregivers will have their height and weight measured on two different occasions. The study team will use these measurements to see if the child has a high BMI (Body Mass Index). Only children who have an unhealthy weight (high BMI) will be part of the study. The caregiver will need to report what the child eats for about six days. The child will need to wear an activity monitor for about one week on two different occasions. Caregivers will be asked to answer survey questions and provide information (race, ethnic group, and similar information) about their families.