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Am J Public Health. 1998 Jun;88(6):949-51.

Effects of school-based aerobic exercise on blood pressure in adolescent girls at risk for hypertension.

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Department of Psychology, Syracuse University, NY 13244-2340, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This study evaluated the effects of aerobic exercise physical education on blood pressure in high-risk, predominantly African-American, adolescent girls.

METHODS:

Ninth-grade girls (n = 99) with blood pressure above the 67th percentile were randomized to 1 semester of aerobic exercise classes or standard physical education classes.

RESULT:

The study was completed by 88 girls. At posttest, only members of the aerobic exercise group increased their estimated cardiorespiratory fitness. The aerobic exercise group had a greater decrease in systolic blood pressure than the standard physical education group (P < .03).

CONCLUSIONS:

Aerobic exercise physical education is a feasible and effective health promotion strategy for high-risk adolescent girls.

PMID:
9618627
PMCID:
PMC1508242
DOI:
10.2105/ajph.88.6.949
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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