Good heart health is imperative for anyone. However, it is young children that especially need to protect their health. A healthy diet, an active lifestyle and proper intake of vitamins combine to create a healthy life. Children live from example, thus parents need to educate their children on heart health facts. Studies prove that heart disease can begin to develop when someone is young.

Cholesterol is a major factor in the development of coronary heart disease in adults. Because your heart is a muscle, it needs to be worked. Exercise is a great way to do just that. Whether you are jumping rope, riding your bike or shooting some hoops, any activity is better than none. It's important that children are active at least one half hour each day, if not more.

Keeping one's heart healthy is the most important thing to do for one's future. The heart not only keeps us breathing and living, but pumps blood throughout the body. The heart remains healthy through proper nutrition including proteins, fats, carbohydrates and good sugars. A healthy diet consists of fruits and vegetables as well that provide important vitamins to the body. A complete healthy diet will keep the body functioning at 100%.

The number one killer of Americans, Coronary Heart Disease can be prevented. This makes education of how to prevent it important for young children. Some controllable health risk factors that can be avoided include a healthy diet and avoid smoking. Teaching children about what smoking does to the heart and ultimately their body is an important lesson. According to the American Heart Association, smoking is the leading preventable cause of heart disease and deaths in the United States. Smoking increases blood clots and blood pressure as well as decreases good cholesterol (HDL).

Prevention is ultimately the first step to heart health success for kids. Adults should educate their children and the ones around them (whether a teacher or grandparent) and teach proper diet and nutrition techniques. This includes eating at least five servings of vegetables and fruits daily. A heart smart diet also includes a low saturated fat diet, which helps to deter obesity. Obesity is another leading cause of heart disease. In fact, the more weight there is around the waist, the greater the risk of heart disease.
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