Study conducted by Dr. Kerri Boutelle;

Study Number 802230

FRESH-A Program

Family, Responsibility, Education, Support & Health for Autism

Researchers at the UC San Diego Center for Healthy Eating and Activity Research (CHEAR) are conducting a remote no-cost parent-based behavioral weight management research program for children with Autism. Join our remote no-cost research program today!

Fast Facts

Parents with an overweight, autistic child

child 6-12 years old

Compensation Provided

Conducted remotely

Study Background

The FRESH-A study is a telehealth program for parents of children ages 6-12 with autism and overweight or obesity that focuses on developing healthier eating and activity behaviors. The no-cost treatment program is 6-months and only parents attend weekly groups.

In the FRESH-A program:

  • Parents will learn about changing their child’s (and family’s) diet and physical activity, which can turn into longer-term habits.
  • The program will provide additional parenting skills to help organize, plan, and problem-solve around these new behavior changes for your family.


Parents will receive information from experienced interventionists and be compensated for their time and effort. If you would like to learn more about our study, please contact us and find out if you are eligible!

Additional Information

The purpose of this program is to develop healthy habits and weight management skills for the participants.

You may qualify if you meet the following criteria.

Key Criteria:

  • Families with an overweight autistic child age 6-12
  • Parent is not pregnant, lactating, or planning to become pregnant during the study

The program is a 6-month parent-based weight management program that meets weekly. All treatment sessions will be held virtually each week through password-protected Zoom meetings.

On treatment days, you will attend a Zoom meeting for 1 hour each week. The programs will present different topics each week related to nutrition and physical activity.

The entire duration of the study is 18 months.  There are 2 assessments before treatment.  Treatment involves 20 sessions over 6 months.  There will be an assessment after treatment, 6 months after treatment, and 1 year after treatment. Children will not attend treatment sessions. No medication is involved in the study.

Child participation is limited to having their height and weight taken.

Compensation is provided up to $450 for your time.

There is no cost for you to participate in the program.