February is Heart Health Month: Tips for All Ages

heartHeart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. The month of February is dedicated to raising awareness about heart disease and increasing knowledge about prevention. Educate yourself on the dangers of heart disease and get on track to better heart health. It’s never too early to start teaching your kids about heart health too.

Heart Healthy Tips

Thanks to the American Heart Association for these tips for kids and adults.

  1. Limit screen time (television, movies, videos and computer games) to less than 2 hours a day. Substitute the rest of leisure time with physical activity.
  2. Enjoy more outdoor activities including sports, hiking, walking, swimming, and other activities.
  3. Get kids involved in sports activities and organized events that provide routine exercise and fitness.
  4. Enjoy a family outing on bikes – you get exercise, fresh air, and quality time together.
  5. Make sure kids get activity after school.
  6. Give gifts that promote fitness like jump ropes, trampoline, basketball, bikes, or other things.
  7. Let babies move around more – join a dance or music class, let them tumble and play. Avoid playpens and confined areas except when necessary for safety.

Take advantage of the time with your kids to be active and teach them about living a healthy, active lifestyle. You will all benefit!