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Forum calls for action on child health to tackle heart disease

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 23 February 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:446
  1. Ruth Little
  1. BMJ

    Every child born today should be able to live to at least the age of 65 free of avoidable coronary heart disease, a report from the National Heart Forum has said.

    The forum has launched a framework of recommendations, called Young @Heart, which focuses on reducing rates of early death from coronary heart disease by addressing the risk factors of poor nutrition, inactivity, and smoking among children and young people.

    “There is a substantial body of evidence to suggest that to prevent coronary heart disease in the adult we must begin with the child” said Professor David Wood, vice chairman of the forum and professor of cardiovascular medicine at Charing Cross Hospital in London. …

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