All children have a right to good health,

including children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities (DD).

Obesity is strongly associated with increased risk for chronic disease in the general population. Evidence exists that people with ASD/DD are at similar, if not increased, risk of obesity and its health outcomes. Underweight and/or inadequate nutrient intake in youth with ASD/DD may also have a negative impact on growth, overall health, and well-being. The HWRN strives to combine the knowledge and talents of an interdisciplinary group of researchers to understand and address the biopsychosocial dimensions of obesity in ASD/DD, to promote the development of evidence-based solutions to achieve a healthy weight in this population, and to disseminate research findings to broad and diverse audiences.

2020 Pilot & Feasibility Awards

Remote Delivery of a Yoga Intervention to Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Promoting Obesity Prevention Among Children with Developmental Disabilities and Families through Engaged Research II

Interrelationships Between Balance, Physical Activity, Adiposity, and Motor Skill Competency in Children with ASD

Learn More About Current and Previously Funded Pilot Projects


We are pleased to announce that applications for the HWRN Pilot and Feasibility Program are being accepted until February 15, 2023 (midnight).

Pilot and Feasibility Program

Join our efforts to support children with ASD/DD to achieve good health, including healthy weight.

The network is actively encouraging researchers, students, family members, and self-advocates to get involved in our efforts.

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