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How can I help my child live a heart-healthy life?

Mark Sklansky, MD
Pediatric Cardiology
Most children are born with healthy hearts. By making small lifestyle choices to encourage healthier eating and daily physical activity, you can help your children maintain healthy hearts throughout their lives. You should encourage your children to develop healthy diet and exercise habits early in life. By making a few small, simple lifestyle changes, you can help them reduce their risks of developing early heart disease.

The American Heart Association also recommends that parents:
  • avoid smoking and using tobacco products
  • be physically active every day
  • eat a heart-healthy diet
  • maintain a healthy weight
  • maintain normal blood pressure
  • maintain healthy levels of total cholesterol
  • keep a healthy, balanced blood sugar level
This content originally appeared online at UCLA Health.

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