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NBC Nightly News interviews UNI professor for segment on stress and cholesterol

Posted on Thursday, February 11th, 2016
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Blake Ruane, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761, blake.ruane@uni.edu

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Christopher Edginton, a professor of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services at the University of Northern Iowa, is being interviewed by NBC Nightly News for a segment that will air at 5:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 12 on NBC. (Editor's Note: The segment has been pushed back to next week. The new night and time has not been announced yet.)

Earlier this week, Edginton was featured in an article in the Wall Street Journal. The article details how Edginton, 69 years old, suffered from high cholesterol, in spite of an improved diet and cholesterol-lowering medication. Dr. Stephen Kopecky, a preventive cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic who has been treating Edginton, determined that reducing work-related stress was the key to lowering his cholesterol.

NBC Nightly News will be interviewing both Edginton and Dr. Kopecky to discuss Edginton’s issues with stress and cholesterol and how other people can apply the lessons from his experience to improve their own personal health.

“I am hopeful that, by sharing my story and what has transpired here in my life, it will provide opportunities for other people to deal with stressors and other concerns that they may have,” Edginton said. “By sharing it, I want to make sure that people have the opportunity to learn from my life experience.”

Edginton has experienced noticeable physical and mental improvements after scaling back his administrative responsibilities, resigning leadership posts in various professional organizations and reducing his workload to one teaching position.