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.
Volunteer work may boost cardiovascular health in teens
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