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J Dev Behav Pediatr. 1983 Mar;4(1):3-10.

The family health project: cardiovascular risk reduction education for children and parents.


The principles of family support and of social learning theories were applied to a feasibility study of working directly with family units in a health education program. Twenty-four Anglo, Black, and Mexican-American families of young elementary school children participated in a 3-month cardiovascular risk reduction education project which included eight weekly evening sessions designed to assist families to decrease the frequency of consumption of foods high in sodium and in saturated fats, and to increase the frequency of aerobic exercise. Statistically significant differences between randomly assigned treatment and control groups were noted for reported consumption of high sodium foods and of foods high in saturated fats. Experimental subjects gained more knowledge of factors influencing cardiovascular risk, even though the intervention was behaviorally, rather than cognitively, based. This method of health promotion is deserving of further study.

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