Health U - Weight Loss Study for Teens with Intellectual Disability

Thank you to the parents and youth who volunteered their time to participate in the Health U Weight Loss Study! We are currently analyzing the information (data) that we collected. We will be sending participants information about the results of our study when it is available. For others who are interested, please check this page periodically to find out where you will be able to find out what we learned.

Health U. is a weight loss research study for overweight teens and young adults ages 14-22 who have an intellectual disability. Eligible participants will take part in a program that includes weekly to biweekly group and individual sessions focusing on losing weight through healthy eating and increasing physical activity in ways that are fun and achievable. Parents receive training on supportive behavioral techniques to encourage their son/daughter to meet nutrition and physical activity goals

Sessions are 90 minutes, highly interactive, and led by nutritionists and lifestyle coaches. Eligibility criteria include, but are not limited to:

  • Being a healthy person ages 14-22 with an intellectual disability.
  • Meeting criteria for overweight or obesity.
  • Medical clearance from a primary health care provider.
  • Having at least one parent/guardian who is willing to participate in the study.

Health U. is a free and voluntary research study funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) through the Shriver Center at UMass Medical School.


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