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The goal of LAUNCH is to partner with families to develop a program that will promote healthy child growth. As part of this goal, LAUNCH is inviting families of preschool-aged children who are at the higher end of the growth curve to participate in a study to help understand the relationship between patterns of growth and health in preschoolers.
The primary goal of LAUNCH is to learn whether preschool children who are at the higher end of the growth curve can benefit from treatment or if they will outgrow this percentile as they grow in height.
Preschool children, ages 2-5, at the upper end of the growth curve for body mass index (≥ 95%) without a diagnosed medical or developmental condition precluding participation.
Participation in this study is by invitation only.
Families who agree to participate will be randomly assigned to one of three groups. Randomly assigned means families will be assigned to a group by chance, like flipping a coin. The three possible groups are:
Families in all three groups will be asked to complete several measures to evaluate the study’s results. Measures are collected at four assessment periods occurring about every 6 months over the course of 18 months. At these visits, measurements such as your child's growth, food intake, and activity, parental satisfaction with treatment, and parental weight would be assessed. Families will be reimbursed for completing these assessment visits (see below)
Although there may not be a direct medical benefit your participation will help us know if treatment is necessary or helpful for preschool children at the upper end of the growth curve. If you agree to take part in this research study, potential benefits include an improved awareness of nutritional and physical activity for you and your child. Also, the information learned from this research study may improve future interventions for other preschool children, if we find the nutrition and activity education sessions are helpful.
Parents interested in having their child participate will be given a consent form that thoroughly explains all of the details of the study. It describes the study procedures, risks, benefits, compensation, who to contact with questions or concerns, and more. A member of the study staff will review the consent form with you and will be sure that all of your questions are answered. Study procedures will not begin until a parent/guardian has signed this form.
For each assessment visit, you will be given $50 for your time and effort. There will be four visits at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center including:
LAUNCH Study CoordinatorCincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Department of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology, MLC 3015 3333 Burnet Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45229-3039Phone: (513) 636-7727LAUNCH@CCHMC.org
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