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Date of Graduation
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
School of Nursing
Karen A. Weeks
Elizabeth K. Herron
Christine X. Fasching-Maphis
The literature review that was conducted focuses on exploring the most effective way to prevent development of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) as a late effect of childhood obesity or risk thereof. Our research focused on the 8-10 year old at-risk and obese pediatric populations and whether the use of interactive educational interventions in the community setting can be of use to reduce CVD development and improve overall health status. Our findings determined that interactive educational interventions early in childhood can improve health outcomes for these populations and prevent subsequent development of CVD. We minimized the inclusion of all research whose evidence was categorized as a level I. Limitations to our review included focusing on the pediatric population between the ages of 8 and 10 years at risk for or already diagnosed as obese, rather than on the entirety of the population. A second limitation involves research in that it should be conducted to determine how results vary between children who modify both diet and exercise routines as compared to those who only modify one.
Woolf, Allison Patricia; Bauernfeind, Nicole Ashley; Civale, Rachel Katharine; and Spellman, Elizabeth Rose, "Preventing obesity and cardiovascular disease in at-risk youth" (2017). Senior Honors Projects, 2010-2019. 508.