CONTACT: BECKY SOGLIN
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-6660; fax (319) 335-8034
Release: Oct. 6, 2000
UI to host Muscatine Heart Study 30-year celebration
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Over the past 30 years, the University of Iowa Muscatine
Heart Study has determined blood pressure and cholesterol norms for school-aged
children and provided links between child and adult coronary health. But these
findings didn't just happen because of a dedicated UI research team.
Since 1970, more than 20,000 Muscatine, Iowa, residents, beginning in childhood,
have participated in the study, making it one of the largest and longest studies
in the history of cardiac research.
In appreciation of that commitment, Muscatine residents, particularly former
and current study participants, are invited to attend a celebration hosted
by UI Health Care from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 22 at the Muscatine High
Beginning at 1 p.m. a family health fair will offer games for children,
food demonstrations, nutrition information, and free blood pressure and physical
activity assessments. DOX Big Band will perform in the school auditorium at
An "Ask the Doctors" Town Meeting to be held from 2 to 3 p.m.
in the auditorium will include presentations by UI Health Care researchers
on how findings from the Muscatine study have helped advance understanding
of crucial risk factors -- blood pressure, cholesterol levels, family history
and diet -- that begin in childhood and affect heart health. The meeting will
also include time for people to ask questions about the study. The town meeting
will be followed at 3 p.m. by a closing set from the band. Drawings for prizes
will be made throughout the afternoon.
The Muscatine Study began in 1970 when Ronald Lauer, M.D., UI professor
of pediatrics and principal investigator, set into motion a series of related
investigations. Endorsed by the local school board and community leaders,
these coronary risk factor studies have welcomed the participation of thousands
Some of the original participants, who are now in their 30s and 40s, continue
to participate in the studies, providing valuable information about associations
between coronary risk factors in youth and coronary disease in adults.
For more information about the celebration, call (319) 264-3886 in Muscatine
or (319) 356-3541 in Iowa City.
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between
the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient
care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.