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Agatston Research Foundation Sponsors New Childhood Obesity Initiative
Date:2/6/2008

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About the Agatston Research Foundation

The Agatston Research Foundation, founded by Arthur S. Agatston, MD, is a non-profit research foundation dedicated to improving the heart health and wellness of the nation through research, education, and prevention. The goals of the Foundation are to conduct and fund research that contributes to reducing the incidence of heart attacks and strokes, to educate and empower the public to take an active part in managing their health, to promote innovative health-care programs oriented towards prevention, and to advance and promote a greater focus on prevention among the medical community. The largest study conducted by the Foundation is the Healthier Options for Public Schoolchildren (HOPS) Study, led by Danielle Hollar, PhD. This study seeks to prevent chronic diseases associated with obesity by tackling obesity in early life through elementary school-based prevention strategies that thematically integrate healthy dietary offerings, nutrition and healthy lifestyle educational curricula, increased levels of physical activity, and other school-based projects, such as school gardens in a replicable manner.

About Dr. Agatston

Dr. Agatston is an associate professor of medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He lectures extensively on prevention both nationally and internationally. He has served on committees of the American Society of Echocardiography, the American College of Cardiology, and the Society of Atherosclerosis Imaging, where he is a founding member of the board of directors. He was recently elected to serve on the board of directors of T
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