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Am J Public Health. 1998 Feb;88(2):258-61.

One-year follow-up of nutrition education for hypercholesterolemic children.

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Division of Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, PA 19104-4399, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This study evaluated retention of the effect of a home-based, practitioner-initiated nutrition education model.

METHODS:

Children with elevated low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels were randomly assigned to one of two nutrition interventions or to an at-risk control group. Intervention effects were evaluated 3, 6, and 12 months postbaseline.

RESULTS:

The parent-child autotutorial group demonstrated significant increases in knowledge and, along with the counseling group, decreases in total and saturated fat intake. Also, the autotutorial and counseling groups retained a majority of their initial LDL cholesterol decrease.

CONCLUSIONS:

Knowledge of heart-healthful eating and dietary fat intake as well as dietary change can be affected and retained via home-based, practitioner-initiated nutrition interventions with hypercholesterolemic children, although some form of ongoing intervention may be necessary to produce lasting decreases in LDL cholesterol levels.

PMID:
9491017
PMCID:
PMC1508171
DOI:
10.2105/ajph.88.2.258
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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