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Date:3/15/2010

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"It all works together, which makes sense," he said, looking at the impact of the techniques over just a few months. While decreases in blood pressure were small a 2.5 point reduction in pedometer wearers compared to a 3.5 point increase in the control group it's good momentum.

"If you could maintain that decrease into your adult years, it may decrease cardiovascular disease risk," Dr. Barnes said.

Researchers also reported reductions in anger and anxiety after a dozen, 50-minute classes on the topics taught by health teachers. Psychosocial factors such as anger are known to contribute to a wide range of health problems including elevated blood pressures and heart disease in adulthood. But Williams LifeSkills workshops helped adolescents learn to analyze a situation before responding, to listen and empathize or even stand firm when necessary. "The workshop has scenarios drawn from real life," said Dr. Barnes.


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Contact: Toni Baker
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706-721-4421
Medical College of Georgia
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