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"Early Intervention In Preschool Can Promote A Healthy Lifestyle"

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  • New York, NY
  • (November 11, 2019)

A unique study conducted in a multi-ethnic and underserved community in New York City by renowned cardiologist and lead investigator Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, director of Mount Sinai Heart and physician-in-chief of The Mount Sinai Hospital shows if young adults are properly taught about heart healthy behaviors and strictly adhere to specific interventions, they may see significant benefits to their cardiovascular health when compared to those who do not have any health education intervention. According to Dr. Fuster, “The interventions applied to caretakers are easy to implement, and results show if adults follow and stick to simple education plans they may see positive results and reduce their risk factors for developing heart disease throughout their lives.” He added, “The FAMILIA project has already shown that early interventional health education is effective for preschoolers and the new results for caretakers further prove low-cost methods can promote health among parents and school staff. We hope in time we can integrate this project into schools across the country to help more families, especially those in underserved communities.”

Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, Director, Mount Sinai Heart, Physician in Chief, The Mount Sinai Hospital, Professor, Medicine, Cardiology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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