Funding for this research was provided by:
Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes (201407TB1)
Public Health Agency of Canada (1617-HQ-000046)
Received: 5 September 2019
Accepted: 16 January 2020
First Online: 3 February 2020
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: This study was approved by the Children and Women’s Research Ethics Board at the University of British Columbia (H16–03090, H17–02032), University of Alberta Health Research Ethics Board (Pro00076869), Hamilton Integrated Research Ethics Board (2019–4250-A), The Hospital for Sick Children Research Ethics Board (1000059362), and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Ethics Board (18/01E). All participants will provide electronic informed consent or assent, and parents of all participants will provide electronic informed consent.
: Not applicable.
: The Childhood Obesity Foundation (COF) (Janice Macdonald, Director of LiGHT Program; Jennifer Bradbury, COF Executive Director; and Tom Warshawski, COF Chair of the Board of Directors) owns the content of LiGHT and Aim2Be. The Aim2Be app features are built on Ayogo Health Inc.’s Empower™ Platform and Goal Store architecture, which are owned by Ayogo. As Aim2Be was developed, in part, with funds from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), the app can only be commercialized outside of Canada, and as such, both Ayogo Health Inc. and the Childhood Obesity Foundation own intellectual property and have financial interests.PHAC has mandated that the evaluation be separated from the administration of the intervention. The COF staff will be involved in recruiting participants for the evaluation but will not be involved with any other evaluation activities. The evaluation of Aim2Be is conducted by the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute (BCCHRI)/School of Population and Public Health (SPPH), University of British Columbia (UBC) under the supervision of Dr. Louise C. Mâsse. Dr. Mâsse has provided scientific expertise in the development of Aim2Be but does not own any of the intellectual property or have any financial interests in Aim2Be. All reports prepared by UBC will be reviewed by a Faculty member from the School of Population and Public Health (SPPH) at UBC to ensure an impartial peer review is completed prior to submission. BCCHRI/SPPH/UBC will maintain the rights to publish the evaluation data regardless of the outcomes of the evaluation and own the data collected as part of the evaluation.