Teaching heart-healthy habits to your children at a young age creates a foundation for how they will eat and exercise for the rest of their lives. Here are four tips to raising a heart-healthy child:
Be a model for your kids. Your kids will follow your example and learn the importance of good health if they see you eating right and exercising regularly.
Do activities as a family. Encourage your family to get moving by being active together. Going to the pool, riding bikes and playing tag are easy and fun ways to exercise as a family.
Stop the screens. Video games, computers and TVs are all very relaxing, but they encourage sedentary behavior and snacking. These habits can increase your child's risk of obesity and cardiovascular disease.
Eat as a family. Eating together as a family at mealtimes lessens the chance of children eating the wrong foods or snacking too much. Give your children the opportunity to help plan and cook meals to help develop healthy eating habits they can carry into adulthood.
Getting your child involved in sports and organizations they enjoy and participating in activities as a family play a major role in their physical and emotional growth.
-- Dr. Albert Gutierrez is a Pediatric Cardiologist with Women’s & Children’s Hospital. Get tips like these and learn more at www.Womens-Childrens.com.