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Leaders at the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center Boston Children’s Hospital are dedicated to addressing obesity through innovative, evidence-based research.

Over the years, our landmark research on low-glycemic diets has challenged conventional wisdom and proven the important impact that blood sugar levels have on hunger and body weight, specifically for adolescents and young adults

Our research is aimed at understanding the science of how fast food and sugar-sweetened beverages affect children’s health. This research covers why fast food causes weight gain in adolescents, how reducing sugary beverages causes weight loss in adolescents, and how reducing sugary beverages at home can help teens avoid weight gain.

Participate in a Study

Framingham State Food Study

Boston Children's Hospital and Framingham State University are teaming up to bring a landmark nutrition study to the FSU campus. 

  • 18 to 65 years of age
  • Interested in healthful weight loss
  • Willing not to drink alcohol during the study
  • Planning to be part of the FSU community for the academic year

You would receive:

  • All meals, snacks, and beverages prepared specifically for you for an entire academic year
  • Financial compensation for your time
  • A personalized health report including changes in body fat, lean mass, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels

Contact us now to learn more!

Call 617-919-7305 or email and we will contact you.

*The studies below are no longer recruiting, but we encourage you to check back for future participation opportunities.*

BASH III: Beverages and Societal Health Study

For 18 to 40 year old men and women
Do you drink at least one soda, sports drink or fruit punch every day? Are you a healthy 18 to 40 year old?
This 12-month study investigates the effect of beverages on weight and cardiovascular disease risk.
You would get: Beverage deliveries to your home and American Express gift cards totaling $300 for the full study.

Think AHEAD: A Healthy Eating and Drinking Study

For 12 to 17 year old adolescents
Are you 12-17 years old? Are you overweight?
This 6-month study investigates the effect of different foods and beverages on weight loss.
You would get:  Weight loss program, individual sessions with a dietitian, daily text messages on your cell phone and an American Express gift card for $120.

ACES: A Cooking and Eating Study

For 13 to 21 year old overweight females
Are you a 13 to 21 year old young woman? Do you have irregular periods?
This six-month study investigates the effect of two different diets for treating polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) in adolescents and young adults.
You would get:  Weight loss program, individual sessions with a dietitian, cooking workshops with an executive chef and an American Express gift card for $100.

FRESH start: Finding Real Eating Solutions for Health

For 18 to 40 year old overweight men and women
Are you 18-40 years old? Are you overweight?
You would get: Individual session with a dietitian, group nutrition workshops and American Express gift cards worth up to $300.

We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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