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Kids and Heart Disease: The Heart of the Matter

Interactive Games and Activities

Making healthful choices is difficult for parents and kids alike. But because the building blocks for heart disease start at a young age, it's important to invest in a healthy heart right from the start. Eating smart and being active shouldn't feel like a chore. These helpful resources will help parents and kids get on the road to a bright, heart-healthy future – and have fun doing it!

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MyPyramid Blast Off Game:

An interactive computer game where kids can reach Planet Power by fueling their rocket with food and physical activity

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AHA For Kids

An assortment of age-appropriate games and activities to teach kids about heart-healthy choices

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Open the Door to a Healthy Heart

An interactive heart health quiz – just for kids!

Guidance For Mom and Dad

Just because children are young doesn’t mean they can eat whatever they want. It’s critical that kids are given a healthy start in life by getting sufficient physical exercise to maintain a healthy body weight and eating a diet that provides the essential nutrients their bodies need for healthy growth and development. Parents have a responsibility to provide healthy foods and children can then decide how much to eat at any meal or snack. In other words, parents provide the food, children eat it. That division of responsibility works well and prevents battles over food choices at meal time. Since heart disease develops over the course of a lifetime and begins in childhood, it’s important that children learn to eat a heart-healthy diet early in life. A diet of foods high in total fat, saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol is known to contribute to the development of heart disease. Learn more about making heart-healthy meals to help children adopt a nutritious diet includes lots of fruits and vegetables and that limits saturated fat and cholesterol.

Source: Satter. E. Child of Mine. Feeding with Love and Good Sense. Bull Publishing Company, Palo Alto, CA, 2000.

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