Healthy Kids Now, Healthy Adults Later!
By Donna Stark
It's nice to imagine our children having a great career, a beautiful home, and a loving family when they become adults, but what we don't like to imagine is them having serious heart issues and poor health. As it is though, more and more children are facing that type of future with each passing year because they aren't establishing the healthy habits they need now, when they are young. Little to no exercise, poor diets, and excessive screen time are placing many children on the path to a difficult adulthood, but it doesn't need to be that way! Take a look at some of the easy things you can do, as a parent, that will change the direction of their life.
Physical activity is an excellent way of strengthening the heart so get your kids moving! Children should engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Sign them up for a team sport or get them involved in some classes at the local gym. Encourage them to play outside with their friends and to walk or ride a bike to school if it is possible. You can also get the entire family involved with after-dinner walks and weekend hikes.
Sure, your children may love those simple carbs and sugary drinks, but their hearts won't if they continue to consume those things year after year! It's important to feed your children well. Fill their diets with plenty of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and heart-healthy fats. By modeling and teaching healthy eating habits when your children are young, their risk of future obesity and heart complications will decrease.
Reduced Screen Time
Did you know that spending too much time staring at a screen can impact more than just your children's eyesight? Excessive use of TVs, computers, video games, and cellphones can lead to a sedentary lifestyle filled with poor sleep, headache pain, weight gain, high blood pressure, and future heart complications. Reduce the risk of that happening by setting time limits for electronic devices, involving your children in other activities, and making sure they get the recommended amount of sleep every night.
Forget the Wait-and-See Approach
Instead of waiting to "cross that bridge when you have to," and dealing with emergencies later in life, start establishing healthy habits in your children's lives as soon as you can. With just some simple adjustments to your children's daily lifestyle, the risk of heart failure, stroke, heart attacks, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure during their adult years can easily be reduced and the direction of their lives can stay on a healthy path!
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