February is Heart Health Month. Most associate this health awareness month with adults, but did you know that a healthy heart starts in childhood? We now know that early heart disease can be found in children who have poor diets and a sedentary lifestyle. This is why it is so important to teach children healthy habits that will promote a healthy heart and overall well-being.
Kids are like little sponges and they learn quickly from you and their surroundings. Help them instill healthy habits that they will carry with them through their lifetime.
- give you ideas on how to get your child moving
- promote prevention of heart disease
- provide tips on the healthy foods that promote a healthy heart
List of Tips Promote A Healthy Heart For Kids And For Families
- All children age 3 and older need yearly blood pressure measurements.
- A healthy heart starts with a healthy breakfast.
- Kids like to feel great. Teach them how to be good to their heart.
- Salmon has omega 3 heart healthy fat.
- Look for the words “100% whole” when buying whole wheat or whole grains.
- For chocolate lovers, eat antioxidant-rich, heart-healthy, organic dark chocolate
- The heart’s a muscle too. Give it a workout.
- Avoid foods with trans fat (you can find it in the food label).
- Promote heart healthy foods that are low in saturated fats.
- Choose and prepare foods with less salt. Most adults and children consume more sodium (salt) than their body needs.
- Sauces such as low sodium soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, wasabi, or ginger are healthy choices.
- Omega 3 fat is good for your heart and brain.
- Most kids eat too much salt. Keep the salt shaker off the table.
- Soluable fiber helps lower your cholesterol.
- Healthy oils come from fish, nuts, and liquid oils like grape seed, olive oil, avocado and hemp oil.
- Exercise can help increase your family’s healthy “HDL” cholesterol.
- Keep an eye on cholesterol by reading the food labels.
- Black beans are a better choice because they have less fat than refried beans
- Try healthy spray butter for your dinner rolls and veggies. They taste great and add 0 calories.
- Keep your heart healthy with lots of fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
- Use leftover chicken from dinner last night and make a sandwich vs. processed sandwich meat which is high in sodium (salt).
- Drinking just one can of soda a day increases a child’s risk of obesity by 60%. Restrict your child’s soft drink consumption.