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Health Agencies Update
September 16, 1998

Reducing Childhood CVD Risks

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JAMA. 1998;280(11):957. doi:10.1001/jama.280.11.957-JHA80007-2-1

A simple eight-week educational program significantly lowered cholesterol levels of elementary schoolchildren with cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors, according to a National Institute of Nursing Research–sponsored study (Pediatrics. 1998;102:371-380).

The study involved 422 third- and fourth-graders with at least two CVD risk factors: low aerobic power (indicating physical inactivity) and either high serum cholesterol level or obesity. The children, from 18 schools across the state, were divided into three groups: a classroom-based intervention group, a risk-based intervention group (involving small groups of children with CVD risk factors), or a control group.

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