A strong case exists in favour of encouraging children not to smoke, to be reasonably physically active and to eat in moderation to avoid obesity. The principal role of the paediatrician is in the education of health personnel who are in a position to influence children and their families to adopt these measures. Paediatricians will also be involved with children at special risk of ischaemic heart disease. They have a responsibility to promote reasearch to determine the efficacy of these measures in the prevention of coronary heart disease.
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