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Heart Health Tips for Kids

kids-heart-healthFebruary 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.

Here is a list of healthy heart tips from our friends at Nourish Interactive that:
  • 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

  1. All children age 3 and older need yearly blood pressure measurements.
  2. A healthy heart starts with a healthy breakfast.
  3. Kids like to feel great. Teach them how to be good to their heart.
  4. Salmon has omega 3 heart healthy fat.
  5. Look for the words “100% whole” when buying whole wheat or whole grains.
  6. For chocolate lovers, eat antioxidant-rich, heart-healthy, organic dark chocolate
  7. The heart’s a muscle too. Give it a workout.
  8. Avoid foods with trans fat (you can find it in the food label).
  9. Promote heart healthy foods that are low in saturated fats.
  10. Choose and prepare foods with less salt. Most adults and children consume more sodium (salt) than their body needs.
  11. Sauces such as low sodium soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, wasabi, or ginger are healthy choices.
  12. Omega 3 fat is good for your heart and brain.
  13. Most kids eat too much salt. Keep the salt shaker off the table.
  14. Soluable fiber helps lower your cholesterol.
  15. Healthy oils come from fish, nuts, and liquid oils like grape seed, olive oil, avocado and hemp oil.
  16. Exercise can help increase your family’s healthy “HDL” cholesterol.
  17. Keep an eye on cholesterol by reading the food labels.
  18. Black beans are a better choice because they have less fat than refried beans
  19. Try healthy spray butter for your dinner rolls and veggies. They taste great and add 0 calories.
  20. Keep your heart healthy with lots of fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
  21. Use leftover chicken from dinner last night and make a sandwich vs. processed sandwich meat which is high in sodium (salt).
  22. Drinking just one can of soda a day increases a child’s risk of obesity by 60%. Restrict your child’s soft drink consumption.

Thanksgiving Gratitude Crafts for Kids

Looking for activities to entertain your kids while teaching them about gratitude this Thanksgiving? We’ve created a list of our favorites:

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Thanksgiving Tree – On one side of your leaf, write what you are thankful for and on the other side, something nice you have done for someone.

 

 

 

 

Gratitude Mobile

 

 

 

Gratitude Mobile – Similar to the Thanksgiving Tree, this project helps kids express what their thankful for.

 

 

 

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Mayflower Gratitude Boat – This is a great craft to do with kids, and it doesn’t require much in way of materials, just a paper grocery bag, tape, copier paper, scissors, a skewer and crayons.

 

 

 

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Gratitude Rolls – These rolls put a fun “foodie” twist to expressing our gratefulness in a unique and creative way that will impact your children for years to come.

 

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Be Thankful Garland – A decoration that displays your gratitude.

 

 

 

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Thankful Heart Turkey – Teach your kids to be thankful with a thankful heart turkey where they can write who or what they are grateful for this year.

 

 

 

 

Do you have a favorite Thanksgiving gratitude project for kids?  Share it with us at healthykidstoday@wphf.org