UNC Greensboro’s Dr. Laurie Wideman is adamant: When it comes to cardiovascular disease, it matters what parents are doing with their children, and it starts younger than they may expect.

The Safrit-Ennis Distinguished Professor of Kinesiology is part of a team that is looking at how self-regulation – our ability to manage our emotions and behaviors appropriately – in childhood impacts cardiometabolic risk development in adolescents.

It’s a massive undertaking funded by a five-year, $3.6 million grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Yet it was a chance conversation between Wideman and fellow faculty member Dr. Susan Calkins that sparked the work.

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Orighinally published June 26, 2019.