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PLOS ONE  2012 

Developmental Origins of Physical Fitness: The Helsinki Birth Cohort Study

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0022302

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Cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) is a major factor influencing health and disease outcomes including all-cause mortality and cardiovascular disease. Importantly CRF is also modifiable and could therefore have a major public health impact. Early life exposures play a major role in chronic disease development. Our aim was to explore the potential prenatal and childhood origins of CRF in later life.

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