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Heart Healthy Habits

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Consistent healthy choices are key in preventing disease or injury. Developing habits at a young age can help children reach consistency before adulthood. This is important in all areas of health but especially heart health! Researchers have found that the presence of heart disease risk factors in children are a strong predictor of the presence of heart disease later in life.

Get started today with these four simple habits!

  1. Schedule regular check-ups. A Well Child check-up is recommended every 12 months for children between the ages of 4 & 21 and even more frequently for children under the age of 4.
  2. Move purposefully and consistently. Children need 60 minutes of physical activity each day, this should include vigorous activity a minimum of three times per week.
  3. Read nutrition labels. Not only is this habit heart healthy but it’s also great health education! Next time you are at the grocery store, help your child read the nutrition facts and ingredients on their favorite snacks. Not sure what makes a product heart healthy? Visit your local Hy-Vee Dietitian!
  4. Lead by example! Kids learn through observation so the best way to encourage healthy habits is by demonstrating them yourself! 

February is American Heart Health month but you can celebrate cardiovascular health in your family anytime with these simple habits!