Healthy habits start at home!

Among children today, obesity is causing a broad range of health problems that previously weren't seen until adulthood. These include: High blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and elevated blood cholesterol levels.

Check out these 5 Tips to Deal with Picky Eaters (Both Kids & Adults)

Physical Activity Recommendations for Kids:

  • Children 3-5 years old should be physically active and have plenty of opportunities to move throughout the day.
  • Kids 6-17 years old should get at least 60 minutes per day of moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity, mostly aerobic.
  • Include vigorous-intensity activity on at least 3 days per week.
  • Include muscle- and bone-strengthening (weight-bearing) activities on at least 3 days per week.
  • Increase amount and intensity gradually over time.
*There are also psychological effects: Obese children are more prone to low self-esteem, negative body image and depression. Excess weight at young ages has been linked to higher and earlier death rates in adulthood. 

Healthy eating starts with healthy food choices. You don’t need to be a chef to create nutritious, heart-healthy meals your family will love.

Eat Smart

A good starting goal is at least 150 minutes a week, but if you don’t want to sweat the numbers, just move more!

Move More!

How do you want to live? Along with eating right and being active, real health includes getting enough sleep, practicing mindfulness, managing stress, keeping mind and body fit, connecting socially, and more.

Be Well

Learn the symptoms of atrial fibrillation this month.

  • Atrial fibrillation (also called AFib or AF) is a quivering or irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications. At least 2.7 million Americans are living with AFib.  View an animation of atrial fibrillation.
  • Although atrial fibrillation can feel weird and frightening, an “attack of AFib” usually doesn’t have harmful consequences by itself. The real danger is the increased risk for stroke. Even when symptoms are not noticeable, AFib can increase a person’s risks for stroke and related heart problems.

September is also Peripheral Artery Disease Awareness Month. PAD can be treated and with proper management, you can lower your risk of a heart attack or stroke.

Did you know?

  • Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is the narrowing of the peripheral arteries to the legs, stomach, arms and head, most commonly in the arteries of the legs.
  • The most common symptoms of PAD involving the lower extremities are cramping, pain or tiredness in the leg or hip muscles while walking or climbing stairs. Typically, the pain goes away with rest and returns when you walk again.

Understand the symptoms and causes of PAD. Discuss your risk with your doctor. Learn more today.

Do you know the difference between good and bad cholesterol? Check out this video on the role of food and your health when it comes to cholesterol. 

This year we can all be Heart Heroes by making a promise, to ourselves and those we care about, to look after our hearts. Learn more about the World Heart Day 2019 My Heart, Your Heart campaign.

National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15—Oct. 15) is for celebrating the many positive contributions of Hispanic Americans. It's also a critical reminder that Hispanic adults are disproportionately affected by heart disease and stroke. More than 48% of Hispanic men and 32% of women have some kind of cardiovascular disease. 

Important dates in September

9/1-9/30 - National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month, National Cholesterol Awareness Month, Healthy Aging Month 

9/2 - Labor Day 

9/8 - Grandparents Day 

9/15-10/15 - National Hispanic Heritage Month

9/23 - First day of Fall

9/25 - National Women's Health and Fitness Day 

9/28 - Family Health and Fitness Day 

9/29 - World Heart Day