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Federal government launches mapping of heart health 75 000 adolescents

Study of cardiovascular risk in adolescents perform a battery of tests in students 12 to 17 years

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The Ministry of Health begins today (26) a study to map the health of 75 000 Brazilian adolescents. In addition to questions about eating habits, physical activity, and smoking, the Study of Cardiovascular Risk in Adolescents (Erica) will conduct a battery of tests for students 12-17 years, such as checking blood pressure, and blood test measures.

The project is coordinated by the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and has the participation of over 29 institutions, including research institutes, universities and hospitals in Brazil. The study aims to discover how the next generation may be more susceptible to cardiovascular problems, obesity and diabetes. It is expected that the research is completed by the end of 2013.

The executive coordinator of the study and researcher at UFRJ, Kathy Bloch, explained that, based on these data, you can support policy decisions of strong intervention to prevent cardiovascular disease, and support for national public policies on public health.

Our policies and studies used as references for weight, height and blood pressure international standards that do not consider the specificities of the Brazilian population. With these data we will have a more accurate profile of various features of our teenagers. A detailed overview of the feeding habits and health status of this population that can help guide policies for school meals, for example, the teaching of eating strategies in schools to encourage the practice of physical exercises, "said the researcher.

In the first stage, will visit schools in five cities: Rio de Janeiro (RJ), Feira de Santana (BA), Cuiabá (MT), Campinas and Botucatu (SP). The Municipal School Alencastro Guimarães, in Copacabana, South of Rio de Janeiro will be the first to receive a team of researchers in the afternoon. Be reviewed three classes in each school, 7th grade of elementary school to 3rd year of high school.

After the first stage, which will serve as a pilot study, the researchers will evaluate the methodology of the study and from the second half of the survey will be extended to about 1,250 schools in 130 municipalities, including all the capitals of the country.

   Palavras-chave:   Cardiology    Heart health    Adolescents    Ministry of Health    UFRJ    Federal University of Rio de Janeiro   
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