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Revista médica de Chile

versión impresa ISSN 0034-9887

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LEIVA O, Ana María; MARTINEZ S, María Adela  y  CELIS-MORALES, Carlos. Effects of an intervention to reduce cardiovascular risk factors in university students. Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2015, vol.143, n.8, pp.971-978. ISSN 0034-9887.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0034-98872015000800002.

Background: Interventions aiming to reduce obesity and sedentary behaviors in young adults could be a feasible and effective approach to prevent cardiovascular diseases. Aim: To evaluate the effect of a lifestyle-based intervention on reducing cardiovascular risk factors in university students. Material and Methods: Sixty university students aged 21 ± 1 years (n = 44 females) took part on a 17 weeks lifestyle intervention consisting in education about healthy lifestyles and physical training, during a curricular course about health promotion and healthy lifestyles. At baseline and at the end of the intervention participants completed a lifestyles questionnaire and provided fasting blood samples to quantify glucose and lipids profile. Results: After the intervention significant reductions in the prevalence of hyperglycemia (-10.0%), high blood pressure (-16.7%) and physical inactivity (-26.7%) were observed. Moreover, a significant reduction in body weight, waist circumference, blood pressure, total cholesterol, triglycerides and an increase in HDL cholesterol were observed after intervention. Conclusions: The implementation of an intervention to promote healthy lifestyles is an effective way of reducing cardiovascular risk factors in university students.

Palabras clave : Interventions studies; Life style; Motor activity; Obesity.

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