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Patient Recruitment

"Break it Up" Study Seeking 7-11 Year Olds

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Researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center seek healthy children who are 7-11 years old to participate in a study. Researchers want to learn how breaking up periods of physical inactivity with short periods of activity improve children's metabolism and attention span. Join our researchers in finding new ways to prevent obesity in children.

Our previous research has shown that brief, moderate activity does help with metabolism in children for a short time. More information is needed to see if multiple days of activity have a longer and lasting effect.

Your child may be eligible if he/she is:

  • 7-11 years old
  • In general good health
  • Above average weight

Study Facts:

  • One outpatient screening visit of about 5 hours
  • 6 outpatient visits on consecutive days of about 3 hours each (Monday – Friday, early evening and Saturday morning)
  • Children will be performing activities such as sitting and walking.
  • Parents/guardians will be informed about possible procedures and must give consent for participation
  • Compensation is provided

Location: The NIH Clinical Center, America's Research Hospital is located on the Metro red line (Medical Center stop) in Bethesda, Maryland.

For more information:
NIH Clinical Center Office of Patient Recruitment
1-800-411-1222 (refer to study #17-CH-0130)
TTY for the deaf or hard of hearing: 1-866-411-1010
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National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

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This page last updated on 02/25/2020

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