The New Yorker article The American Journal of Public Health has published a study that suggests traffic school programs may actually increase the likelihood of getting a heart attack or stroke.
The study, which was based on a study of more than 4,000 students, concluded that “in a sample of 5,200 children aged 5-10 years who received either the ‘roadshow’ or ‘traffic lessons’ curriculum, the odds of developing a stroke or heart attack rose by 24 percent.”
In other words, these programs have a higher likelihood of causing heart attacks and strokes than they do of improving the overall health of children.
In a study released in May, researchers at Johns Hopkins University also found that the “roadshow” program, a six-week curriculum, increased the risk of developing heart attacks by 19 percent.
The Atlantic reports: The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, focused on a single year’s data from a nationally representative sample of children aged five to 10 years old.
The researchers looked at heart disease diagnoses, and the odds were increased by 7.8 percent when the children attended the roadshow and the lesson.
In other areas, the results were not statistically significant.
In other words: The researchers found that, on average, kids who received a roadshow or traffic lesson did about as well as kids who did not.
But then they looked at a longer period of time, which showed a higher rate of heart attacks, strokes, and deaths in the roadshows and lessons.
So the researchers conclude that, in general, the road shows and traffic lessons have no discernible effect on the risk for heart disease or strokes.
The Atlantic notes that the study was based, in part, on the results of a randomized controlled trial.
So, you’re probably wondering: How is that possible?
Here’s the answer: In the first study, participants who attended a road show and a traffic lesson received the same training.
The participants who were not in the study also received a physical education class and had to complete a daily computerized exercise program.
They were also given information about their risk for stroke and heart attack.
So in other words the researchers knew what the kids who got the traffic lessons were doing, but they didn’t know how many of them were actually improving their health.
When the researchers analyzed the data, they discovered that kids who had received the road show or traffic lessons had an average increase in the risk from the time they started the road lessons to the time the participants were examined in the emergency department.
As you can see in the graph below, there was a significant increase in stroke and death rates in the participants who received the traffic school.
But this is just one of the factors that makes these programs a poor choice for children.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that schools avoid programs that require students to take “a rigorous curriculum that contains the elements of physical education and physical activity,” such as “a curriculum that includes structured instruction and exercises, as well the appropriate time to perform those exercises, and is structured and organized to encourage children to complete the physical activities,” and that “programs that emphasize teaching skills that children may have trouble with, such as reading, writing, or arithmetic, are discouraged.”
The Academy also recommends that children have regular physical examinations and checkups, and that parents should make sure their children have access to appropriate, safe physical care, including regular testing.
The AP notes that, “a comprehensive school-based program designed to develop healthy eating habits and reduce physical inactivity could improve the health of the students.”
The AP also says that schools should be “prepared to provide students with appropriate educational and social opportunities” so they “can participate in physical activities with others and learn to manage their own physical and mental health.”
In a separate study, researchers found “no difference in overall cardiovascular disease or all-cause mortality between the road-show and physical education classes.”
The researchers, from the School of Public Policy at Tufts University, also said that there was no difference in cardiovascular disease mortality between road-shows and physical classes, and they “found no differences in cardiovascular risk factors.”
In an editorial accompanying the study, the researchers said that the results could be because the students were being told to do activities that were “too difficult” and that there were not enough physical therapists available to supervise them.
The AP adds that, while these programs may be good for children, they may also be “at risk of producing poor outcomes for children who do not receive the appropriate physical education, physical activity, and social supports.”