According to a Finnish study, teaching children about maintaining a healthy diet helps to improve their blood cholesterol level. Pediatric endocrinologists at the University of Turku, Finland, studied 540 children and their families, who all received dietary advice and counseling on diets low in unhealthy saturated fats, starting when the children were only seven months old. A control group of 522 children did not receive any dietary advice. At the age of 14, children in the counseled group had a significantly lower median cholesterol level than those in the other group. The goal of the study was to promote healthy eating efforts and to help switch children from saturated to unsaturated fats to reduce cholesterol intake. Previous studies have shown that high levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol among children can predispose them to early artery damage and a higher risk of heart disease.