Maintaining a Healthy Heart
A healthy heart is a product of healthy habits developed from childhood. Parents should be positive role models as it would be a lot easier to convince children to do the same. By getting the whole family active and limiting TV, video and computer time, enjoyable physical activities can be encouraged.Parents should make it a point to be supportive of their children. Setting specific goals and limits increases the chance of success. There are other ways to celebrate good behavior aside from rewarding children with food. When eating time is simultaneously used as family time, there is less chance of children eating the wrong kinds of food. Teaching the children to read food labels even through games will inculcate health consciousness that could last a lifetime.Adults need to work at attaining heart-healthy eating patterns that include a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, low-fat or non-fat dairy products, fish, legumes, poultry and lean meats. A healthy body weight is achieved and maintained by balancing energy intake with energy needs. A desirable blood lipid profile is likewise achieved and maintained by limiting foods high in saturated fats, trans fats and cholesterol. Normal blood pressure is possible when intake of salt and alcohol is limited. Regular physical activity for 30 to 60 minutes at least 3 times a week is beneficial. Avoiding smoking is probably one of the biggest favors a person can give to his/her heart.