Navigation Links
Volunteering May Boost Teen Heart Health
Date:3/1/2013

FRIDAY, March 1 (HealthDay News) -- Helping others is good for teens' hearts, a new study suggests.

Canadian researchers looked at 106 students at a Vancouver high school who either volunteered regularly for 10 weeks or remained on a wait-list for volunteering. The 10th graders in the volunteer group spent one hour per week working with elementary school children in after-school programs in their neighborhood.

The body fat, inflammation and cholesterol levels of all the students in the study were checked before and after the 10 weeks. The University of British Columbia researchers also assessed the students' self-esteem, mental health, mood and empathy.

At the end of the study period, the students in the volunteer group had lower body fat, cholesterol and inflammation levels than those in the wait-list group, according to the study, which was published Feb. 25 in the journal Pediatrics.

"The volunteers who reported the greatest increases in empathy, altruistic behavior and mental health were the ones who also saw the greatest improvements in their cardiovascular health," study author Hannah Schreier said in a university news release.

She conducted the research during her doctoral studies at the university and is now a postdoctoral fellow at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. Although her research showed an association between volunteer work and improved heart health, it did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship.

"It was encouraging to see how a social intervention to support members of the community also improved the health of adolescents," Schreier said.

Cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of death in North America. The first signs of the disease can begin to appear during the teen years.

More information

The American Academy of Family Physicians explains how teens can stay healthy.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: University of British Columbia, news release, Feb. 25, 2013


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Teen Drinking May Boost Odds of Precancerous Breast Changes
2. Common Plastics Chemical Might Boost Diabetes Risk
3. Live imaging shows response to cancer drugs can be boosted by altering tumor microenvironment
4. Letting go can boost quality of life
5. Gatekeeper of brain steroid signals boosts emotional resilience to stress
6. Strength Training May Give Boost to Seniors Brains
7. Exercise Plus Computer Time May Boost Seniors Brains
8. Exercise May Boost Survival in Breast, Colon Cancer Patients
9. A*STAR scientists discover switch to boost anti-viral response to fight infectious diseases
10. Email Vacations Boost Job Productivity, Lower Stress: Study
11. Chronic Heartburn May Boost Risk for Esophageal Cancer
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Volunteering May Boost Teen Heart Health
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... 13, 2017 , ... Coveros, a leader in agile coaching ... contract by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The Enterprise Agile ... of Agile methodologies in a consistent and high value manner across CMS programs. ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... for healthcare compliance program management, will showcase a range of technology and learning ... Assisted Living (NCAL) Convention and Expo to be held October 14–18, 2017 at ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... Wis. (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... standard products to meet the demand of today’s consumer and regulatory authorities worldwide. ... of probiotic experts and tested to meet the highest standard. , These ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... AccentCare, a leader in post-acute health care, have expanded their existing home health ... Home Health. , AccentCare has been operating a joint venture home health company ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... , ... HMP , a leader in healthcare events and education, today announced ... Award for ‘Best B-to-B Healthcare Website.’ Winners were announced during the Eddie & Ozzie ... competition recognizes editorial and design excellence across a range of sectors. This year’s program ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/12/2017)... , Oct. 12, 2017 West ... in innovative solutions for injectable drug administration, today announced ... the market opens on Thursday, October 26, 2017, and ... results and business expectations at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time. ... or 253-336-8738 (International). The conference ID is 94093362. ...
(Date:10/11/2017)... , Oct. 11, 2017  True Health, ... has amplified its effort during National Breast Cancer ... hereditary cancer risks. ... Clinical Oncology calculated that more than 10 million ... inherited mutations in BRCA1 or BRCA2 and have not ...
(Date:10/10/2017)... --  West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. (NYSE: WST), a ... today shared the results of a study highlighting the ... administration of polio vaccines. The study results were presented ... by Dr. Ondrej Mach , Clinical Trials and ... and recently published in the journal Vaccine. i ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: