Background: The Coronary Artery Risk Detection in Appalachian Communities (CARDIAC)
Project is a chronic disease risk factor surveillance, intervention, and research initiative
aimed at combating the unacceptably high prevalence of heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic
illnesses in West Virginia.
Objectives and Methods: The school-based public health project identifies health risk factors in
children, educates families, informs primary care physicians, and provides resources to schools to
help improve population health, beginning with children.
Results and Conclusion: Details regarding methodology, results, and conclusions derived from this
unique public health initiative that has screened over 200,000 children are the subject of this 18-