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Implementation of a Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Program among School-Aged Children: A Pilot Study
Project Health/Jackson Heart Study, Jackson State University, 350 W. Woodrow Wilson Drive, Jackson, Mississippi, USA
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Received: 3 November 2005; Accepted: 7 July 2006 / Published: 30 September 2006
Abstract: The objective of this study was to test students’ knowledge of cardiovascular disease information and to determine if a carefully structured training program administered to high school students would increase their knowledge about cardiovascular disease and risk factors that are preventable. A pilot study was conducted during which fifty high school students from nine counties in the State of Mississippi were measured for their knowledge of hypertension both at baseline and after the completion of an intervention training activity. There were significant gains in knowledge between the pre-test and the post-test that the students completed. The gains in knowledge indicate that elimination of risk factors is possible if all health care and school-based prevention programs are implemented to positively impact changes in eating and physical activity behaviors. Students’ involvement in such activities could translate into significant changes in risk factors at these ages and throughout their lifetime. It is widely accepted that these behavioral changes, if sustained into adulthood, could have the potential to influence cardiovascular risk reduction.
Keywords: Cardiovascular disease; prevention; students; training pre-test; post-test
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Addison, C.C.; Jenkins, B.W.; White, M.S.; Young, L. Implementation of a Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Program among School-Aged Children: A Pilot Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2006, 3, 274-277.
Addison CC, Jenkins BW, White MS, Young L. Implementation of a Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Program among School-Aged Children: A Pilot Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2006; 3(3):274-277.
Addison, Clifton C.; Jenkins, Brenda W.; White, Monique S.; Young, Lavon. 2006. "Implementation of a Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Program among School-Aged Children: A Pilot Study." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 3, no. 3: 274-277.