Optimal Weight for Life (OWL) Program
ACES: A Study in Cooking and Eating
What do cooking and research have in common? A unique opportunity for girls
Many health care providers struggle with the best approaches (and respective ramifications) to treating patients who are obese. A dietary research study at Boston Children’s Hospital may offer some insights to providers and patients.
This study may be an exciting opportunity for patients who meet the following criteria:
- 13 to 21 years old
- Body mass index in the 85th percentile or greater
- Irregular menstrual periods
Cooking is part of the research: Girls who take part in the study learn to prepare delicious and healthy foods. They chop, mix, boil, stir-fry, sauté, roast, steam and bake with an executive chef.
Study benefits are as follows:
- A work-up for PCOS is done at no cost to the provider or the patient. Research funds cover costs of the work-up. Researchers send a copy of all laboratory test results to the PCP.
- The study focuses on intensive dietary interventions as a first line of treatment (consistent with the Androgen Excess and PCOS Society Position Statement) without pharmacological treatment.
- Six in-person visits and six telephone calls with a registered dietitian.
- Three cooking workshops with an executive chef. When each girl completes the six-month study, the study physician determines the best course of action to ensure continuity of care, in communication with the PCP.
Girls receive an American Express gift card ($100) at the end of the study for giving their best efforts.
For more information:
Call: 617-355-2500, option 2
Email: ACES@childrens.harvard.edu OR