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Study shows most teens are putting themselves at risk for developing heart disease

Eau Claire (WQOW)- There's a new study about heart disease and teens may want to take notice.

According to a study from the University of Oklahoma Health and Science Center, most teens are putting themselves at risk for heart disease later in life.  The American Heart Association says teens are eating too much fat, salt and sugar and not enough fruits and vegetables. A professor at UW-Eau Claire says many teens are unaware of how crucial eating healthy can be, even at a young age.

"We have to start by educating parents and children in the importance of healthy single-ingredient foods versus the fast, convenient, quick-fixes that we are surrounded by," explains UW-Eau Claire Kinesiology Instructor Tracy Yengo.

Even with easily accessible fast food and busy schedules, Yengo says health should be a priority.

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