New Skills-No Scores Research Study

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(UMMS IRB Docket # H00017816)


  • The New Skills-No Scores program is a Sport Sampling and Nutrition Education study for teens with an intellectual disability.
  • The research team is from UMass Medical School, UMass-Boston, and Tufts University School of Medicine
  • The goal is to build knowledge, skills, confidence, and motivation to live an active and healthy lifestyle
  • Sport Sampling gives teens the opportunity to try different sports to find what they like and to practice basic movement skills
  • Nutrition Education includes learning about healthy eating, trying new foods, and learning to make healthy snacks

Who Can Participate?

Teens with an intellectual disability (ID) ages 12-16 years who are able to:

  • communicate verbally in English
  • walk without assistance
  • participate in a group sport program

What is Involved?

  • Brief phone screen and in-person enrollment meeting are required to confirm eligibility
  • Teens participate in a fun, non-competitive sport sampling and nutrition education program with peers 1x/week. Trained instructors lead games and activities
  • Motor skill assessment and short survey(s) two times for teens and their parents

Where & When?

  • Sundays from 10:00 am -12:00 pm - beginning March 1, 2020
  • Program is for 12 weeks – March to June
  • At the Boys and Girls Club in Woburn, MA
  • There is no cost to participate

How can you learn more about the study?

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