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Child Heart Health Tips

Children should be forming good habits now so they don't have to break bad habits later on. Parents play a key role in ensuring that their children are living a heart-healthy lifestyle. Here are some tips:

Make heart health a family affair.

Eat more fruits, vegetables, fish, nuts, and fiber-rich whole grains. Limit fast food, high-salt and high-sugar foods.

Engage in at least 60 minutes of moderate physical activity every day and maintain a healthy weight.

Don’t smoke. Children exposed to second-hand smoke have a much greater risk of developing heart disease later in life.

Stay hydrated. Children need up to two liters of water per day from their food and what they drink. It’s not only great for your heart, it helps with thinking too!

Learn more from the American Heart Association at


"It is vital that when educating our children's brains that we do not neglect to educate their hearts." ~The 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet