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AbstractArizona ranks 25th in overall prevalence of overweight or obese children (30.6%). Obesity, especially in children, has been steadily on the rise and is contributing to earlier onset of cardiovascular diseases that can be life-threatening. Childhood obesity has become an epidemic due to lifestyle choices such as decreased activity, parental influences, and dietary choices. There is evidence that overweight and obese children, not just adults, are at risk of developing cardiovascular complications, such as hypertension and type 2 diabetes. In this thesis I have described the cardiovascular system, obesity of adults and children, cardiovascular diseases related to obesity and how this can be changed by lifestyle modification as well as medications and surgical interventions. I then presented basic cardiovascular and healthy diet information to second graders in the hope to educate young, impressionable children about the importance of taking care of their bodies, especially while they are young. I have summarized the observations of this experience, as well as thoughts to the effectiveness of a PowerPoint to relay cardiovascular health information to children.
Degree ProgramHonors College