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Roberta Pohlman (Advisor)

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Master of Science (MS)


Heart disease is the number one killer in the United States (American Heart Association, 2005). The purpose of this study was to demonstrate the results of a twelve-week exercise program on coronary heart disease risk factors in full-time hospital employees. Methods: The participants were given cardiovascular, weight training, and flexibility recommendations to follow during a twelve-week period. The main heart disease risk factors measured before and after the completion of the exercise program were blood pressure, total cholesterol, HDL-cholesterol, and body mass index. The information was put into the Framingham Heart Score to estimate the participants’ 10-year risk of developing heart disease. Other factors measured to show the benefits of exercise included resting heart rate, weight, body fat percentage, waist and hip ratio, maximal oxygen uptake (VO2), and flexibility. Results: There were no significant results from any measurements taken.

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Department of Biological Sciences

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