Volunteering Is Good for the Heart–Really

volunteering reduces cardiovascular riskSomehow, when our parents told us that it’s better to give than to receive, we never really believed them. But according to a new study, they may have been telling the truth. The study, which tracked more than 100 Canadian 10th graders, found that those who did weekly volunteer work had lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease later in life than those who didn’t volunteer. Those risk factors included BMI (body mass index) and cholesterol levels, which researchers measured before and after the study.

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