[BlindKid] Weight Loss Program for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments

Carlton Anne Cook Walker attorneywalker at gmail.com
Tue Mar 16 02:00:12 UTC 2021

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Weight Loss Program for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments
[image: Title: bathroom scale indicating weight loss]Background

Childhood obesity is a serious public health concern and there are few
healthy weight programs designed for children with vision impairments.
COVID-19 restrictions have heightened concerns about childhood obesity and
home-based healthy weight programs are needed. This pilot program takes a
“parent only” approach to addressing healthy weight for children. Studies
show that helping a parent lose weight often results in weight loss for the
child. Healthy Weight at Home is a weight loss study for parents with
children who have vision impairment, or are blind. Our long term goal is to
develop accessible healthy-weight-at-home programs that support healthy
weight among children with vision impairment.
Who is Eligible?

We are recruiting fifteen parents who have BMI greater than 24, and have
children with vision impairment. The parents should be interested in losing
weight and believe their children could benefit from achieving a healthier
weight. Everybody in the study gets the weight loss program.
The Program

The 12-week pilot weight loss program is for the parent, and is completely
remote using email and video calls. We use weight loss strategies that have
been proven safe. The program includes 12 weekly weight loss sessions for
the parent using video calls. We will examine changes in weight for both
the parent and the child. There are no fees to participate although parents
need access to zoom and internet to support the video calling.

There is the potential to receive a $50 gift card for completing the data
Contact Us

For more information please email us at paphl at towson.edu
<paphl at towson.edu?subject=Healthy%20Weight%20at%20Home> .

This study is being conducted by Dr. Jerome at Towson University. This
study was approved by the Towson University Institution Review Board.

Carlton Anne Cook Walker
Attorney at Law
BEAR--Blindness Education and Advocacy Resources
Teacher of Students with Blindness/Low Vision
President, National Organization of Parents of Blind Children (NOPBC)
101 Kelly Drive
Carlisle, PA   17015
Voice: 717-658-9894
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