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Screenings set for fifth-graders

September 11, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

WEIRTON - All Hancock County fifth-graders have the opportunity to be screened for health risk factors when the CARDIAC Project begins free annual school-based screenings.

Fifth-graders at St. Joseph the Worker Elementary School and St. Paul Grade School will be screened Sept. 27, and fifth-graders at Weir and Oak Glen middle schools will be screened Oct. 23. Parents will receive information prior to the screenings.

Children are checked for height, weight, blood pressure, possible insulin resistance, Acanthosis Nigricans and cholesterol levels.

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HEALTH SCREENING — Judy Raveaux, C.H.A.N.G.E. Inc. executive director, left, Dalena Riggs, CARDIAC area coordinator, center, and Peggy Whitmore of C.H.A.N.G.E., right, are coordinating health screenings for Hancock County fifth-graders through the CARDIAC Project. -- Contributed

More than 4,400 parents of fifth-graders have been tested for abnormal blood lipids to assess personal cardiovascular risk through a voucher program.

Partners in the project include C.H.A.N.G.E. Inc., Hancock County Schools, St. Joseph the Worker Elementary School, St. Paul Grade School, Weirton Medical Center and John D. Rockefeller Center.

"The CARDIAC Project originated as a way to assess cardiovascular disease and other chronic conditions, such as Type 2 Diabetes," said Dr. William Neal, CARDIAC Project founder and director. "Screening results are shared with parents and school nurses as a resource for encouraging children to address health risks individually or in the family. In addition, collective results provide legislators, researchers and practitioners the information needed for implementing program and funding initiatives necessary to combat childhood obesity in our state."

In its 15th year, the project provides health risk education and intervention for children aged 15 and younger. Almost 150,000 students have been screened.

For information on the project, visit the website at or contact Area Coordinator Dalena Riggs at (304) 686-2438.

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