Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Program (ECHO)

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified January 2014 by Connecticut Children's Medical Center.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
University of Connecticut
UConn Health
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Michelle Cloutier, MD, Connecticut Children's Medical Center
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First received: January 27, 2014
Last updated: January 30, 2014
Last verified: January 2014
This study is proposed on behalf of the Hartford Childhood Wellness Alliance, a 107 member, 35 group organization whose goal is to improve the health of children in Hartford, CT. In a randomized control trial, the primary aim of this study is to test the initial efficacy of a program of enhanced home visitation with neighborhood and community support to change maternal behaviors related to infant nutrition (sweetened beverage/juice consumption, breastfeeding and introduction of solids), parenting skills (establishing routines around sleep, reading cues for hunger, satiety, television time) and family wellness (improving the home food environment, enhancing physical activity). The investigators hypothesize that at 12 months of age, infants in the intervention arm will drink less sugar sweetened beverages/juices, will have ingested solids at an older age, will have been breastfed longer and more exclusively than infants in the control arm and will have less TV viewing, more established sleep routines and greater soothability (primary outcomes).

Condition Intervention
Weight Status in Infants
Behavioral: Intervention

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Program: Building Better Families and Communities

Further study details as provided by Connecticut Children's Medical Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Breastfeeding duration [ Time Frame: 6 and 12 months ]
    Number of months that child is breastfed

  • Introduction of solids [ Time Frame: 6 and 12 months ]
    Age at which solids were introduced

  • Introduction of juice [ Time Frame: 6 and 12 months ]
    Age at which juice was introduced

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • BMI percentile [ Time Frame: 12 months ]
    At 12 months, infants enrolled in the intervention will have a lower weight for length than control infants.

Estimated Enrollment: 60
Study Start Date: June 2013
Estimated Study Completion Date: June 2015
Estimated Primary Completion Date: April 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Enhanced Nurturing Families Network Home Program
Using a motivational interviewing framework, intervention participants will receive dietary and activity counseling, develop a Family Wellness Plan and will be linked to community resources.
Behavioral: Intervention
Intervention participants will receive behavioral counseling, will develop a Family Wellness Plan and will be linked to community resources.
Placebo Comparator: Nurturing Family Network Home Visitation
Mothers will receive the standard of care from the Nurturing Families Network Home Visitation program


Ages Eligible for Study:   up to 1 Month   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Enrolled in the Nurturing Families Network Program
  • Singleton birth >34 weeks gestation
  • Any race or ethnicity
  • ECHO neighborhood
  • Mothers and their newborns

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Mothers or newborns with special health care needs
  • Infant with major malformation
  • Small for Gestational Age/low birth weight
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT02052518

United States, Connecticut
Connecticut Children's Medical Center
Hartford, Connecticut, United States, 06106
Sponsors and Collaborators
Connecticut Children's Medical Center
University of Connecticut
UConn Health
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Michelle Cloutier, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Connecticut Children's Medical Center
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02052518     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: HD073966-02 
Study First Received: January 27, 2014
Last Updated: January 30, 2014

Keywords provided by Connecticut Children's Medical Center:
Childhood obesity
Introduction of solids
Introduction of juice

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Pediatric Obesity
Nutrition Disorders
Body Weight
Signs and Symptoms

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on January 19, 2017