Wish Your Child a Heart-Healthy Valentine


February is not only the valentine month but also the official American heart month. Most kids would be looking forward to receive loads of love “with candies” this valentine season. This valentine, instead of showering them with chocolates; give them the lifetime gift of a healthy heart.

Did you know, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is estimated that 10% of two-to-five year olds and above 15% of children between six-year-olds and 19-year-olds are overweight. Very few parents know this important fact that a healthy heart begins in childhood.

Children with a sedentary lifestyle and unhealthy diet become the prime targets for cardiovascular diseases. Imparting healthy habits to your child at an early stage will help them develop heart-healthy choices throughout their life for their overall wellbeing. Being a dental stem cell preservation company, Stemade has understood these needs and hence has started the initiative “Go for Health”. Through this platform, we reach out to parents and teachers and help them understand the best health practices for children. We hope these heart-healthy tips will prove beneficial for your child:

  1. Daily physical activity regime for 3060 minutes: Health experts suggest that every child should have physical activity time for at least 30–60 minutes every day for a heart-healthy life. Remember, the heart is also a muscle and it needs workouts too! Exercise helps to reduce the bad cholesterol, thereby, lowering the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Reduce TV viewing hours and time spent on the internet and video games (max. 2 hours)—encourage riding bikes with friends, skipping rope, and running around the park with friends. It will make your child’s heart, bones, and muscles strong.
  2. Offer a heart-healthy diet to your child: Give your child high fibre foods, such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Replace healthy foods for unhealthy ones, such as grilled chicken for fried chicken, and low-fat dairy foods. Pack healthy snacks such as nuts, baby carrots, or air-popped popcorn.
  3. Limit high salt, sugar and fat intake: A low fat and sodium diet in childhood can develop healthy habits into adulthood and result in a reduced blood pressure in later life. Avoid giving processed foods containing high sugar or sodium such as soft drinks, sausages, canned foods, sauces, candies and chips.

  4. Stress management: Stress can affect your child at any age that can lead to heart problems in future. It is important to listen to your children and help them vent out their stress. Talking to them while on a post-dinner walk is often helpful.

To know more on best health practices for your child, call Toll Free on 1800-102-7836.

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