Eighty-eight school children and their parents who had been counselled regarding appropriate dietary and activity patterns aimed at reducing serum cholesterol were followed-up 21 months later to determine changes in dietary and activity patterns and in serum lipid levels. The decline in serum total cholesterol ranged from 8 to 14% in the different age and sex groups (P < 0.05 to P < 0.001). Serum triglycerides did not change significantly. Cholesterol intake decreased 36% and 54% in 10-14 year old boys and girls respectively (P > 0.001). The activity level increased significantly in both the 5-9 year and 10-14 year olds (P < 0.05 to P < 0.005). These results show that nutrition education can bring about a change in dietary and activity patterns, resulting in a decline in serum cholesterol levels.
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Badruddin, S. H.,
(1993). The impact of nutritional counselling on serum lipids, dietary and physical activity patterns of school children. Journal of Pakistan Medical Association, 43(11), 235-237.
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