Brazilian school shows kids can influence parents

Posted 01/10/2012 | By HealthCorps

Kids at a Brazilian school received interventional classes and counseling designed to encourage healthier living. Their parents then exhibited a “lowered cardiovascular risk,” compared to parents whose kids did not receive this education. The conclusion is that focusing on children is an effective way to improve the health of the entire family. Certainly we know that kids who were told that “smoking is bad” typically go home and implore parents to stop smoking.

The HealthCorps program, which teaches teens to live healthier lives, provides an opportunity to net “health gains” among the parents and family members of these teens as well.

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