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Family Heart Health

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on Monday, 08 February 2016 in School Nutrition Blog

hearthealthyFebruary is American Heart Month, and not only should having a healthy heart diet be a concern for us as adults, but it should be a focus in your child’s health. Heart disease prevention should be at the top of everyone’s list. There are many factors that contribute to heart disease such as diet, physical activity, genetics, sugar intake and even tobacco use.


During school hours you can be assured that your child is receiving healthy meals daily, as well as nutrition education to help them make healthy choices, but what about healthy eating at home? Here are a few suggestions on how you can continue healthy and mindful eating in your home.


Add Healthier Drinks and Snacks to Your Shopping Cart.

Choose drinks that are low in sugar such as natural fruit juices. Drink more water. At home, invest in a water filter, when your family is on the go, take along pre-packaged water or seltzer for those long car rides.  For snacks, choose more natural snacks such as carrot sticks or apple slices.


Read Nutrition Labels.

Nutrition labels are a reliable source of information. Learning about food labeling will help you become more food savvy and knowledgeable especially in identifying ingredients that may not be as beneficial to your family. Typically, you should eat only one serving for a single meal or snack. More than a single serving means more added calories and fat. Nutrition label information is available online, and on the FDA’s website, www.fda.gov.


Go with the Green.

Once children are used to the taste of fruits and vegetables they will form life-long habits that will benefit their health as adults. Make it a routine to always add larger portions of vegetables for dinner and follow-up with fruit as a dessert.


Choose Whole-Grain.

Whole-grain is a great source of dietary fiber that helps in maintaining a healthy weight along with lowering the risk of diabetes and heart disease. Here is a list of whole-grains that will be a benefit to your family’s heart health.



-Corn (cornmeal)


-Rice (brown rice)



Eat Fish at Least Twice a Week.

Fish such as Salmon and Herring are great sources of vitamin B12, vitamin D, and omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids help reduce high cholesterol, and high blood pressure, as well as heart disease.


These are just a few ways you can start to keep your family heart healthy this month and in the years to come!


For more great tips on food nutrition, visit us on the web at www.whitsons.com.

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