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Study Type


Study Purpose

The TEAM UP research study is designed to help children and families lose weight and become healthier through healthy eating and physical activity. Families who participate in the TEAM UP study will meet for visits with their pediatrician and/or a health coach at one of our participating locations or virtually by telehealth.

About the Study

Eligible families will be placed in one of two programs by chance, like flipping a coin:

  • eSOC: Enhanced Standard of Care

All families will receive eSOC, which means they will take part in regular medical visits at their healthcare provider’s office or by telehealth. They will talk about healthy foods and physical activity and will work together to set goals for healthy living.

  • FBT: Family-Based Behavioral Treatment

Some families will also receive FBT along with eSOC. As part of FBT, they will meet regularly with a health coach at their healthcare provider’s office or by telehealth. The health coach will work directly with the family to support and teach skills that help families live healthy lives.

Study Design

Number of Visits:

  • 1 screening visit
  • 4 study visits
  • Visits can be done in-person or remotely


  • Medical history
  • Height and weight
  • Lifestyle interview
  • Surveys

Study Qualifications

To qualify for this research study, child participants should: 

  • Be a current patient at one of the following locations:
    • Red Stick Pediatrics
    • The Baton Rouge Clinic – AMC (Pediatrics)
    • The Baton Rouge Clinic Pediatrics at Industriplex
    • Ochsner Health Center – Lapalco (Westside Pediatrics or Family Medicine)
    • Kenner Community Health Center
    • Bernard Community Health Center
    • Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Health
      • Pediatrics at Perkins
      • Pediatrics at Denham Springs        
      • Pediatrics at Goodwood
      • Pediatric Academic Clinic
      • Pediatrics at O’Donovan
      • Pediatrics at Prairieville
      • Pediatrics at South Burnside (Gonzales)
      • Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group Livingston
      • Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group North Point (Greenwell Springs)
      • Our Lady of the Lake North Pediatric Clinic
      • Our Lady of the Angels (Bogalusa)
  • Be 6 – 15 years old
  • Be struggling with weight
  • Be willing to eat healthier foods and move more
  • Be able to speak English

* You may not qualify for this study based on other eligibility criteria not listed. The study coordinator will go over this information in detail.

Study Duration

Participation in the study will last approximately 18 months with 4 study visits.


Compensation of up to $200 is offered to the family for the completion of this study.

Study Contact

If you are interested in volunteering for this research study, click here to screen online. Interested volunteers may also call 225-763-3194 or email

If you’re 18 or older, there may be other studies that you can join. Click here to find out about these studies or call 225-763-3000 to learn how you can be a volunteer!

If you don't see a trial that fits your interests or needs, click here to complete a questionnaire and we will contact you about any future trials for which you may qualify.