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November 2004

ATHENA (Athletes Targeting Healthy Exercise and Nutrition Alternatives): A Promising Program Up Against Stiff Competition

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2004;158(11):1084-1086. doi:10.1001/archpedi.158.11.1084

In this issue of the ARCHIVES, Elliott et al1 present results from a randomized trial of a peer-led intervention for high school female athletes to reduce behaviors associated with abnormal weight loss practices, behaviors that are a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in adolescents. Unhealthy weight loss behaviors were indirectly targeted in the course of addressing issues such as the use of diet pills, alcohol, and anabolic steroids. Implementation of such a program on a larger scale would first require further testing of the intervention on more ethnically and socially diverse populations. The credibility of the intervention has been well established, however, with the scientific rigor of this study.

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