I absolutely agree with the idea of getting youth involved with volunteerism. I provides fertile ground for the teaching of empathy. If there is now a study that shows that it is good for heart health as well, then that is a bonus.
FRIDAY, March 1 (HealthDay News) — Helping others is good for teens’ hearts, a new study suggests.
Canadian researchers looked at 106 students at a Vancouver high school who either volunteered regularly for 10 weeks or remained on a wait-list for volunteering. The 10th graders in the volunteer group spent one hour per week working with elementary school children in after-school programs in their neighborhood.
The body fat, inflammation and cholesterol levels of all the students in the study were checked before and after the 10 weeks. The University of British Columbia researchers also assessed the students’ self-esteem, mental health, mood and empathy.
At the end of the study period, the students in the volunteer group had lower body fat, cholesterol and inflammation levels than those in the wait-list group, according to the study, which was published Feb. 25 in the journal Pediatrics.
“The volunteers who reported the greatest…
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