As a parent, you already know it’s important for you to guide your children and teaching them good habits like tooth-brushing and eating healthy foods.
If your child has visited pediatric cardiology, then you’re already doubly aware of the importance of teaching your child healthy lifestyle habits.
Here are three basic tips to help you stay focused on giving your child the healthy habits for a lifetime.
1. Teach Healthy Eating Habits
Healthy eating is important for everyone. If you’re child has been diagnosed with a congenital heart defect it’s even more important to cut out foods with harmful ingredients.
- Trans fats are a type of fatty acid found most commonly in hydrogenated cooking oils. Cutting out all deep-fried foods and baked desserts such as doughnuts, cakes and pies goes a long way to cutting trans fats from your diet.
- A diet that consists mainly of whole fruits and vegetables is the best investment you can make in the health of your child. Dark berries, green leafy vegetables, nuts and fish all contribute to a healthy heart.
2. Encourage an Active Lifestyle
It may be hard in this age of the television and Internet to keep your child active, but it’s worth doing to promote their long-term cardiac health. Living a sedentary lifestyle can lead to health complications over the long-term, including obesity and heart disease.
3. Be a Positive Role Model
Kids learn by watching what the adults in their lives do. Regardless of how often you tell your children to be active and eat healthy, it won’t matter if you don’t follow along. The key to a healthy family is in your hands, but don’t forget that it’s you who must turn it.