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Schools May Hold The Key To Improved Pediatric Health

May 18, 2011 by  

Schools may hold the key to improved pediatric healthWhen students in Ann Arbor, Mich. were provided with nutritious food options in the cafeteria, more physical education classes and lessons on making healthy lifestyle choices, they had the added benefits of lowering their cholesterol levels and improving their resting heart rates, according to University of Michigan researchers.

The team of scientists conducted the four-year intervention study of more than 590 students in order to measure the long-term outcome of such efforts.

Authors of the study said that the improvements that the kids made in their health could mean a lower risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Moreover, the interventions appeared to have a lasting impact.

“Results of the wellness survey indicate that, after four years, students continued to make health-conscious decisions,” said co-author Elizabeth A. Jackson.

On average, the students lowered their cholesterol levels by about 18 points. Also, the average resting heart rate of a child was 81.3 beats per minute (BPM) before the intervention, but was reduced to 78.3 BPM at the end of the four years.

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  • http://yahoo sharon

    And the added benefit of the commies telling them how to eat when to eat and how much to eat.

  • http://com i41

    Let us look at all the feel good f–ks that have promoted not mmaking kids do anything and the life long welfare plan of government wonks having the only answer. Make sure the beltway bastards, that want to use a village to raise a child ideology, has finally shown how stupid the libatard s pukes are. Now the Fat Sow is going to tell everyone to eat what she approves, and yet therte is still dumbazzes who yjink governemnt knows what is best as school scores have dropped over the years as money is pissed away in school spending. No wonder we have such a becomer a naton of pusified males and aggressive bit–es who are single unwed whores

  • 45caliber

    I have no problem with a school serving good food to the kids. I have a bad problem with a school (or any other group) insisting the parents can’t send a meal with a child or insisting they have the right to specify what a child can eat when with the parents. And I also have a problem with a government who blames everyone but the kid and the parents for an overweight child.

    Fast food does NOT force feed people. They simply provide a food that people want to eat. If you get fat eating it, it isn’t their fault you can’t eat right.

  • http://com i41

    .45, that is like the excuse of fat peope complaining it is a illness and food made me a lard azz, or drunks or drug users have been forced to get stupid because of movies and advertisement. It is called victomology bs problem, either they can not keep their snouts out of the troughs, keep a alcohol bottle sealed, or not go out buying drugs. Again it is the crap being pushed schools and by phyco blithering degreed idoits, who need to create a problem, so as to have a job.

    • 45caliber

      Agreed. “It isn’t my fault! Society made me do it!” “Society is the criminal since it failed to save this person from committing crimes. Society should be punished, not him.”

  • Bob from Calif.

    Most kids don’t have high cholesterol in the first place. Secondly more exercise will get the same results as this study claims. They are using to many variables in their study to ascertain which one is responsible.

  • http://com i41

    Most kids are trained to be couch potatoes and not to be active, sit still and if not they will gets some drugs to setttle your rear in to the cushions, if in school can not play any tag games, play dodge ball or pretend to be cowboys and indians, soldiers, or wrestle around unless approve by the governemnt panel. When some kd is being harrassed by another kid, horror of horrors if the victom gets to fight back and kick some azz, it isn’t PCed crap. I see the purple lipped muslim marxist is doubling aid to pedophile perverts in the Middle East, time for a skull check for all dumbocraps.

  • Ellen

    What the hell is wrong with us? It took a team of scientists 4 years to determine that eating healthy has positive results. Isn’t that just common sense? I agree with the posts above that parents are ultimately responsible for their kids and that schools should only feed kids healthy food. Also, given that the FDA pushed that food pyramid for decades and only discovered a few years ago that it is wrong, I don’t think I’d trust anything the govt told me about eating.

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