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. 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.

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Development of a Family-Centered Cooking Class for Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder

PI: Jeanette M. Garcia, PhD; University of Central Florida

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Applications are being accepted until April 20, 2020 (midnight PDT)

Application for the HWRN 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 researches, students, family members, and self-advocates to get involved in our efforts.

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