Hi folks! Russell here! As you all know, February is the month of Valentine’s also known as the month where we show our parents, our friends, and our families how much we love and appreciate them! A time to open our hearts and tell your mom, your dad, brother, sister or friend that you are thankful for them. When you hear Valentine’s Day what do you guys imagine? You imagine hugs & kisses, chocolates and flowers. You imagine pictures of hearts flying everywhere. What you won’t imagine is that February is also known as American Heart Month. Yes! All that talking about hearts means that we must also talk about how to have a healthier heart and how to live a healthier lifestyle. Besides, how can you show your family and friends how much you love them if your heart isn’t healthy? Here are a few tips:

 

  • Avoid using tobacco products or smoking
    • Tobacco has harmful chemicals that can cause heart disease
  • Try to exercise at least once a day
    • Regular exercise keeps your heart healthy
    • At least (1) hour of exercise a day
    • Exercise can be walking, jogging, running
  • Eat healthier foods
    • Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables (especially when snacking!)
    • Drink water instead of sugary drinks
    • Watch out for too much salt!
  • Maintain a healthy weight
    • Unhealthy weight can cause the heart to work more
    • ask your parents to check Body Mass Index online to check if your weight is healthy
    • exercise and healthy eating is key
  • Sleep!
    • Sleep helps in concentration, mental health and heart health
    • Toddlers (ages 1 to 3) should get 12 to 14 hours of sleep daily
    • Preschoolers (ages 3 to 5) should get 11 to 13 hours
    • School-age children (ages 5 to 10) should get 10 to 11 hours
    • Teens (ages 10 to 17) should get 8.5 to 9.25 hours
  • Visit the Doctor
    • Make sure to have annual visits to the doctor for routine check-ups

Resource:  https://discovergoodnutrition.com/2014/02/get-kids-heart-healthy/