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How can parents improve their children's cardiovascular health?

Changing unhealthy habits can make a difference. A research study found that children who ate fruits and vegetables once a day had healthier arteries as young adults than children who consumed fruits and vegetables less than twice a month. The lower consumption was linked to stiffening arteries, a red flag for future heart problems.

Parents concerned about their children’s heart health should set a good example by serving whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Regular exercise that includes aerobic activities such as running, cycling or swimming is also good for the heart.

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