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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 School.

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 1:30 p.m.

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 of children.

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.