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AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION

Rachel HoltzmanProgram: human medicine, College of Human Medicine


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When looking at cardiovascular disease, healthy, preventive behaviors need to start early in life. Pediatric obesity and inactivity are two huge problems in America, and they are growing global health problems. All these factors combined prompted my investigation into cardiovascular disease risk factors in children in Michigan and Ecuador.

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Rachel Holtzman is a doctoral student in human medicine and part of the Leadership in Medicine for the Underserved Program, where she works with researchers in the Spartners for Heart Health lab. Holtzman brings to the medical profession a passion for working with people and providing access to health care.

Faculty adviser: Joseph Carlson is an associate professor in the Department of Radiology in the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine, and the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Research: clinical trials and epidemiology involving nutrition, exercise, and cardiovascular health