Wellness Programs Now Targeting High School Students

wellness programs help reduce high blood pressureOld habits are hard to die they say, so some Minnesota high schools are trying to get students to change to healthier behaviors.

At Anoka High School, students are participating in a wellness program under the auspices of the wellness programs at Mercy and Unity Hospitals.  Since 1995 high school students have been screened for potential high cholesterol, high blood pressure and unhealthy body mass index – all precursors to future health problems like heart disease and stroke.

According to an article in ABCNewspapers.com, Brenda Link, manager for the wellness programs at Mercy and Unity hospitals, says that by getting screened early, teens have time to either change unhealthy behavior or be aware of how genetic factors can affect them down the road.  “We talk to them about what those numbers mean and how lifestyle choices can make a difference,” said Link.

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