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January 9, 2017

NIH to release findings on impact of parent physical activity, sedentary behavior on their preschool children

Young children do follow in their parents’ footsteps. Literally.

That’s the conclusion of NIH-funded researchers who found that in underserved populations, parents’ physical activity—and their sedentary behavior—directly correlates with the activity level of their preschoolers. Researchers say these findings, published January 9 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, could lead to interventions that focus more on helping parents model—not just encourage—an active lifestyle for their children.

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February 15, 2017 : blAck America Web

NHLBI’s Director, Dr. Gary Gibbons took to blackamericaweb.com to answer audience’s questions about heart health, during the American Heart Month. From cholesterol and diet to sleep apnea and supraventricular tachycardia (SVT), the questions run the gamut, showing the interests and concerns of the community. 

February 14, 2017 : UPI

Researchers are reporting new evidence from genetic studies that those with excess belly fat appear to be at greater risk of developing heart disease and type 2 diabetes.  While past observational studies have associated belly fat with higher disease risk, whether or not belly fat can actually cause heart disease and diabetes has remained unclear.  In the new study, scientists analyzed the complete genetic data from over 400,000 adults in the United Kingdom. They found that those with a genetic predisposition to have a higher waist-to-hip ratio—those who tend to carry more fat in their belly than in their hips and thighs—had higher risks of coronary heart disease and type 2 diabetes. The findings suggests that preventing or shedding fat from the belly could help fight these two diseases.  Their study, published in JAMA, was partly funded by NHLBI.