The Gladstone Foundation Laboratories for Cardiovascular Disease, affiliated with the University of California in San Francisco, has developed a cholesterol education program for elementary school children and their families.

The "Special Program in Nutrition" is defined in a two-volume manual of instruction that contains 34 weekly lesson plans with homework activities for parents and children. Plans for 10 monthly parents' meetings, including a potluck dinner featuring low-calorie foods, are part of the program. A cookbook featuring low-cholesterol recipes is also available.Free copies of the lesson plans and cookbook are being sent to 500 educators and 50 state school superintendents throughout the United States, according to foundation officials.