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Child Programs

FRESH-DOSE (Family, Responsibility, Education, Support, Health—Dual Options for Sustained Effectiveness)

Ages: 7-12

The Family, Responsibility, Education, Support, Health—Dual Options for Sustained Effectiveness (FRESH—DOSE) study is a program for children ages 7-12 with overweight and obesity, and their parent. The treatment program is 6 months and combines guided self-help family-based behavioral therapy. Families also attend assessment appointments and will be compensated for their time and effort.

GOTDoc

Ages: 5-12

GOTDoc is a 6 month program providing family-based behavioral therapy for children ages 5-12 with overweight and obesity. Families that are patients at Children’s Primary Care Medical Group in Chula Vista or Escondido can be enrolled in this study by asking their primary care physicians to send a referral to CHEAR.

ReFRESH (Reinforced Enhanced Family, Responsibility, Education, Support & Health)

Ages: 7-12

The Reinforced Enhanced Family, Responsibility, Education, Support & Health study is a program for children ages 7-12 with overweight and obesity, and their parent. The treatment program is 6 months and focuses on weight-loss, healthy eating strategies, and skills for effective parenting and behavior management. Families also attend assessment appointments and will be compensated for their time and effort.

Child Learn

Ages: 8-11

We are looking for healthy-weight children between the ages of 8-11 with two overweight or two healthy weight parents to participate in a two-year study. Children and their parents will be asked to complete some interviews and computer tasks. Children will also be asked to complete a one-time, 90-minute brain scan session (functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)). The fMRI scan is only for the children and does not involve any radiation. No medication is involved in the study.  There is no cost to participants, and families are compensated for time and effort. The entire study includes a total of seven visits over two years (three baseline visits, two visits one year after and two visits at the end of the second year).