Heart Healthy

Preschoolers in an underserved community who took part in a health promotion educational program aim at establishing health behaviors showed a 2.2-fold increase in knowledge, attitudes and habits compare to their classmates who did not take part in the program, according to a study publish today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Preschool base interventions offer

Earlier research suggests preschool-based interventions offer promise to instill healthy behaviors in children and these early prevention strategies may contribute to reducing heart disease later in life. If you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol; or a history of heart problems, you have a higher risk of heart attack and stroke.

You can lower your risk by making this small change: At each meal, choose foods that are good for your heart. Most diets are base on foods you shouldn’t eat. Instead, take a positive approach and focus on foods that are good for you. Eat more vegetables, fruits, and whole grains.

The fiber in these foods helps lower “bad” LDL cholesterol. Put these on your plate with every meal to reach these daily amounts; At least 5 cups of fruits and vegetables and three 1-ounce servings of whole grains a day. Eat more beans, legumes (like lentils), seeds, and nuts. Your weekly target; so 4 servings of either nuts, seeds, or legumes such as black beans, garbanzos (also call chickpeas), or lentils.

Reducing the global burden

Some researchers believe these strategies may; hence eventually contribute to reducing the global burden of heart disease. The researchers in the FAMILIA trial enroll 562 children; so from 15 Head Start preschools in Harlem, New York, to determine the impact of a health promotion educational intervention in a diverse, underserv community.
Children randomize to the intervention took part; so in a four-month educational program to instilled healthy behaviors using topics such as diet; also physical activity, understanding how the human body and heart work, and emotions.  Children in the control group continue to receive the standard curriculum. The researchers then look at the change from baseline in overall knowledge; so attitudes and habits (KAH) score of the children at five months.
Children in the intervene schools show an improvement 2.2-fold higher in KAH scores toward a healthy lifestyle; hence with the highest effect found in children who receive 75% or more of the curriculum. The researchers find physical activity and body/heart awareness components, as well as knowledge and attitudes, were the main drivers of the effect.