Family-Based Childhood Weight Management Studies

EPICH and Parent Partnership

Engaging Parents in Child Health (EPICH) is a research study funded by the Safeway Foundation. The goal of this study is to better understand how families can help each other make better eating and activity choices that result in better weight management. Read more.

The Parent Partnership Project is a research study funded by the National Institutes of Health and builds on previous studies of pediatric behavioral weight management. The goal of the study is to determine if parents who previously received treatment can provide a similar level of care compared to professional interventionists.


Seattle Children’s Research Institute is currently conducting the Brain Activation and Satiety in Children Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (BASIC fMRI) study which is funded by the National Institutes of Health. The goal of this study is to look at brain responses to food and family-based behavioral treatment in order to find better ways to help families maintain a healthy weight.Read more.

Built Environment and Policy Studies

In addition to the studies described below, we are currently in the process of planning and securing funding for new projects that will focus on aspects of the neighborhood environment and related public policies that impact physical activity and eating behaviors.


Seattle Children's Research Institute and the University of Washington are conducting a research study, the Assessing Choices in Transportation in Our Neighborhoods (ACTION) Project. The goal of the ACTION Study is to learn more about how a person’s neighborhood, commuting and travel relate to their daily activities and overall well-being. This knowledge could help to inform policies to improve the health of communities. Read more.