Many associate heart disease with adults who have high risk factors and family history, but Olivia Thoroughman, a junior at Minford High School, believes that heart disease should be considered at an early age.
Thoroughman, who is vying for the crown in the Miss Ohio Outstanding Teen Pageant, shared her platform with the Kiwanis Club of Portsmouth during their regular meeting April 24. Her main focus - children and heart disease.
“When you think of heart disease, you think of adults. But recent articles in the newspaper show Scioto County as the unhealthiest county in the state and that statistic isn’t only adults, that includes children and teens,” said Thoroughman.
Thoroughman shared risk factors that showed that children were at an all time high for poor nutrition, smoking, physical inactivity and high blood pressure.
“Children are our future. If the numbers are high now, what will they become when these children become adults? A focus on our youth could make a difference in the health of our community in the future,” she said.
Thoroughman, who is taking an active role in making a difference through offering activities such as Zumba to children, challenged the room to carry the same focus.
“Ask yourself how many risk factors effect you, your children and grandchildren and then start taking an active role in making changes that will have lasting effects,” she concluded.
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