When we hear the words high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or heart disease, we often imagine older adults, not children! But with today’s technology, we have the power to spot the early signs of heart disease before any symptoms manifest, and the results are shocking.
By measuring cholesterol in healthy children, and examining the arteries of kids and teens that have passed away, we have learned that heart disease start young- very young. In one study, 70% of overweight children had at least one risk factor for heart disease, and 39% had two or more factors.
Risk factors include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, and insulin resistance. The more risk factors one has, the greater the chances of developing heart disease that damages the cardiovascular system. As overweight and obesity increased, the proportion of children with at least two risk factors increased from 5% to 59%. And excess weight starts early, with more than one third of children and adolescents now overweight or obese.
This holiday season teach your kids how to bake healthier desserts without compromising taste.
The CDC shows kids today consume an excessive amount of sugar, with teens ages 14-18 trumping all other age groups with an intake of about 34 teaspoons a day. The roughly 550 calories those teens consume each day provide no nutritional benefit for cognitive and physical development, and potentially may be harmful. Young children are not trailing too far behind, either. Kids ages 4 to 5 consume on average about 17 teaspoons a day.
Get your kids in the kitchen! They won’t refuse to help out when preparing desserts. Use the time cooking together as an opportunity to teach basic math to little ones or organizational skills to older kids. Cooking also teaches kids about self-sufficiency, a life long skill with the potential to increase their health as adults.
Here’s 7 tips for making healthier desserts. Continue reading
Healthy kids today, prevents cancer tomorrow! That’s the reason I’m working with AICR to develop the “Healthy Kids Today, Prevent Cancer Tomorrow” campaign. The foods we feed our bodies do more than just fuel us, they shield us from viruses, bacteria, and diseases.
Are you curious about how your diet and knowledge level rates for cancer prevention? Take this quiz, then take a look at our recommended solutions, tips and advice to boost your body’s cancer shielding power!
1. One in three cancers could be avoidable by taking certain precautions. What are they?
A) Exercise once a week
B) Eat fruits every day
C) Eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables and get 30 minutes of moderate exercise daily, and stay a healthy weight
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