Volunteer work may boost cardiovascular health in teens

02/26/2013 | Atlantic online, The · Daily Mail (London), The

Volunteering for after-school programs for 10 weeks resulted in reduced body mass index and levels of inflammation and cholesterol among teens, according to a study in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. Researchers also assessed the mood, self-esteem and mental health of the volunteers and found that those who showed the biggest increases in empathy, altruistic behavior and mental health had the biggest improvements in heart health.

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