Dietary Approaches to Cardiovascular Health Study Invites Parents with Children Aged 6-12 to Join!


Next Steps

  1. Complete the study questionnaire
  2. Understand if you’re eligible to participate
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Research Center: University of Delaware
Location: 100 Discovery Blvd, Newark DE 19713
Lead Researcher: Shannon M. Robson, PhD, MPH, RD
IRB: This study has been reviewed and approved by the University of Delaware Institutional Review Board

About the Study

Concerned about you and your child’s heart health? With cardiovascular disease becoming more common in the modern world, researchers are looking for ways to potentially prevent future generations from developing conditions that would affect heart health. Researchers think that this might be all down to the diet.

Researchers at the University of Delaware want to learn more about dietary approaches to prevent cardiovascular disease in children at risk for it. The aim of this study is to test two different dietary approaches on health outcomes..

Interested in not only helping your children but also your own health? Looking to get your family on a healthier track? Consider joining this study.

Why Participate?

  • Participants will receive a free program to learn how to change their child’s eating and activity behaviors through group sessions and individual health coaching sessions.
  • Participants will be compensated up to $400 for completion of all assessments associated with the study.
  • Participants may experience improvements in overall health and well-being related to an improved lifestyle.
  • Participants will be contributing valuable information that may help prevent cardiovascular disease in children in the future.
  • Participants will be helping to advance medical research.

Your Rights

  • If you decide to participate in the study and later feel that you no longer wish to be part of it, you can withdraw at any time.
  • Any information that you provide will be kept strictly confidential.

Who Can Participate?

  • Parents 18 years and older with a child aged 6 to 12 years old
  • Parent must have two or more cardiovascular risk factors. These include smoking, having high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, being physically inactive (sedentary lifestyle), having type 2 diabetes, having a BMI of 25 kg/m² and above, or the child’s biological grandparent experienced a heart attack, stroke and/or heart failure 
  • Parents must live with their child for more than 5 days per week
  • Must have access to an internet connection for virtual sessions
  • Must be able to attend 5 assessment visits at the research site over approximately 10 months

More Study Details

The study team will explain the research in its entirety but some details are:

  • Participation in this study will involve a small amount of blood being drawn, height and weight measurements being taken, non-invasive vascular testing, and questionnaires being answered.
  • Participation in this study involves the child and parent placing a small device around the waist to measure activity for about 10 hours per day for 7 days.

About the Research Center:

University of Delaware
The University of Delaware exists to cultivate learning, develop knowledge, and foster the free exchange of ideas. State-assisted yet privately governed, the University has a strong tradition of distinguished scholarship, which is manifested in its research and creative activities, teaching, and service, in line with its commitment to increasing and disseminating scientific, humanistic, artistic, and social knowledge for the benefit of the larger society. Founded in 1743 and chartered by the state in 1833, the University of Delaware today is a land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant university.

Please note:
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the researchers would like to assure the participants that ensuring their and the study staff’s safety is of utmost importance.


What’s Next?

  1. Click the link to enter your contact details and take the study questionnaire.
  2. If eligible, a member of the research team will contact you to discuss the study and answer any questions you may have.
Click Here to Check Your Eligibility for this Study

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