Cardiovascular Risk Reduction among College Students

Jay T. Sutliffe, Mary Jo Carnot

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The purpose of this research was to determine whether an introductory nutrition course could assist in reducing cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk in college students. The Health Belief Model provided a theoretical framework for the study. The sample consisted of 78 students enrolled in an introductory nutrition course at a small state college in the Midwest. Pre- and postmeasurements of CVD risk factors were collected. Almost one-tenth (8.9%) of the students in the introductory nutrition course significantly improved body mass index (BMI), one-fifth (23.1%) significantly improved blood pressure, one-sixth (16.7%) significantly improved total cholesterol, and about one-sixth (14.1%) significantly improved fasting blood glucose level. Because the sample consisted of primarily healthy students, large changes in health measures should not be expected.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)256-266
Number of pages11
JournalFamily and Consumer Sciences Research Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Cardiovascular disease
  • College students
  • Health Belief Model
  • Risk factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science


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