Every program, service or resource MEND offers is developed based on government guidelines and the best research and evidence available.

We track the progress of our participants.
We record every participant’s progress while they are attending a program. On the MEND 7-13 Program, we continue tracking after they have finished, to show how MEND continues to impact participants’ lives. We use the information to help us:

  • Support participants in sustaining healthier lifestyles after MEND
  • Improve the programs and services in place
  • Develop new programs and services.

Proof that MEND works.
Independent clinical studies show that MEND 7-13 helps children who are above a healthy weight to , increase the time they spend being active, improve their fitness, raise their self-esteem and achieve a healthier weight.

MEND has used Randomized Control Trials (RCTs) to document the health improvements of children who have completed a MEND program. Follow-up studies show that the health of children who have completed MEND 7-13 remains improved on average 12 months after the program ends

Our US research partners include the University of Texas Public School of Health, Baylor College of Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical School and Duke University. Research pilots have been successfully completed in Houston and Austin. MEND researchers have recently been awarded a prestigious CDC demonstration grant to conduct an innovative multi-site randomized control trial, the “gold standard” of research, in two of the neediest communities in Houston and Austin, to further demonstrate the efficacy of MEND’s program within a systems-based approach.

Find out more about our US research partners and the MEND International Research Group (MIRG).

Further information and resources


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