It’s never too soon to start thinking about heart health. Specialists in pediatrics recommend that families begin teaching children about healthy lifestyle choices very early in life. Children learn by watching the people around them. You can encourage your child to develop heart-healthy habits by being a role model regarding dietary choices and physical activity. And if your family is ever in need of medical care in the Las Vegas area, Sunrise Children’s Hospital is here to help. From children’s emergency care to pediatric heart procedures, our children’s hospital is dedicated to healthcare excellence.
Embrace an Active Lifestyle
A physically active family may have a lower risk of heart disease. Encourage your children to join in regular exercise with you by making it seem like fun, rather than a chore. Go for a family bike ride, explore a nature trail, or practice some soccer moves in the backyard.
Limit Screen Time
Children who spend too much time in front of a TV, tablet, or other electronic devices are less likely to be physically active. They may also be more likely to snack excessively on unhealthy foods. Consider setting limits on your children’s screen time.
Practice Food Label Awareness
It’s difficult for children and adolescents to make healthy choices if they aren’t sure which foods are healthy. Teach your kids that labels such as “all natural” on packaged food products do not necessarily mean the item is healthy. While at the supermarket with your kids, make a game out of seeing who can find the healthiest food label based on calories, sugar, fat, and fiber per serving.
Enjoy Meals Together
Research has demonstrated that family dinnertime offers many benefits that encompass a family’s physical, emotional, and behavioral health. Enjoying meals together as a family can make it easier for you to encourage your kids to make healthy food choices while limiting junk foods. For some tips on getting your kids to eat a green vegetable with breakfast, watch this featured video.
For general pediatrics health information, parents in the greater Las Vegas area can speak with a registered nurse at a NICU hospital by calling (702) 233-5437. Sunrise Children’s Hospital provides a comprehensive range of medical services to help families live life well. Parents are encouraged to browse our website for informative articles on heart health.