Effects of a multicomponent wellness intervention on dyslipidemia among overweight adolescents

Olga T. Hardy, Jean Wiecha, Albert Kim, Carlos Salas, Rayna Briceno, Kwesi Moody, Joan Becker, Greer Glazer, Carol Ciccarelli, Ling Shi, Laura L. Hayman

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Behavioral changes are the fi rst line of treatment for dyslipidemia in adolescents, but outcome data on the effectiveness of this approach are inconsistent. This study aims to assess the effect of a 13-week multicomponent wellness intervention program, which included weekly nutrition classes and structured cardiovascular, fl exibility, and strength training on dyslipidemia in nine overweight/obese [body mass index (BMI) ≥ 85th percentile] and nine lean (BMI < 85th percentile) adolescents. Clinical measurements and lipid profi le assessment were performed before and after the intervention. At the completion of the study, the overweight/obese adolescents demonstrated a 15 % increase in high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) levels (mean, 47 ± 8 vs. 54 ± 5 mg/dL), whereas there was no improvement in BMI or other measurements. The participants in the lean group showed no change in their anthropometric and serum parameters. A multicomponent wellness intervention resulted in a signifi cant increase of cardioprotective HDL-C levels, which have been associated with coronary health in adulthood.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)79-82
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Feb 2012


  • Dyslipidemia
  • Exercise
  • High-density lipoprotein cholesterol
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Obesity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology


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