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1 in 5 American Kids Has Abnormal Levels of Cholesterol

Posted by Kristi Gottwalt on Dec 22, 2015 9:03:22 AM
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Gia_Silo_Heart_Brain.pngTime recently published an article on kids and their cholesterol levels. The article covers a report from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). The report states that 7.4% of kids have high total cholesterol leaving them at risk for heart disease. 

From the article:

“Hypertension is an epidemic that is reaching younger and younger populations,” says Dr. Maan Fares, a cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic (who was not involved in the study). “[The findings] come as a relative surprise, but it’s not entirely surprising. It’s beyond what I would have expected but not much worse. My speculation is that obesity and lifestyle for the most part are playing a role in this.”

It is recommended that kids get 60 minutes a day to be healthy. Cholesterol and obesity are just a few signs of what an increasingly sedentary lifestyle is harming the next generation. Are you looking for a way to help your students?

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Topics: Student Health