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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 23, 2017 : The New York Times

Researchers partially funded by NHLBI warned that seniors sleeping more than nine hours each night could be at higher risk of dementia in later years. The study, published in the journal Neurology, shows the increased risk in people who were not used to sleep that much before. The researchers say that the need for extra sleep might be a sign of the risk of dementia, not the cause. 

February 23, 2017 : Woman's Day

You don’t have to fight heart disease alone: You have a whole village by your side. “It's important to view heart health as not just the absence of heart disease but really as physical, social and mental well-being,” says George Mensah, MD, director of the NHLBI Center for Translation Research and Implementation Science (CTRIS), who keynoted the Woman’s Day and NHLBI panel that kicked off American Heart Month.

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