Katie Couric's Notebook: Kids and Cholesterol

The rush is on at the pediatrician's office...kids getting their annual checkups before going back to school.

You remember the drill. A tap on the knee to check reflexes, then stick out your tongue and say, "Ah".

A Study in the Journal of Pediatrics concludes the exam should also involve a routine cholesterol test.

Right now that's usually done just for kids with a family history of heart disease.

But researchers looked at a West Virginia program that tested all fifth graders, and they found a third of those with a cholesterol problem would not have been tested under current guidelines.

Not all experts agree that every child should be screened and the use of cholesterol lowering statins for kids is controversial.

But the results should be a wake up call to parents, that annual visit to the doctor could end with a lollipop and a dose of eye opening reality that we have to take care of children today, if we want them to grow up to be healthy adults tomorrow.

That's a page from my notebook.

I'm Katie Couric, CBS News.