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Lifestyle Factors: Fitness, Screen Time and Healthy Eating

Pediatric Preventive Cardiology

Lifestyle Factors: Fitness, Screen Time and Healthy Eating

Contact Information

(608) 263-6420

(800) 323-8942


For Referring Providers

How to Refer a Patient to the Pediatric Preventive Cardiology Clinic


Fitness strengthens your heart, raises your HDL, lowers your triglycerides and helps with weight control. It can include activities like jogging, walking, biking, aerobic dancing, and swimming. It can also include normal daily activities for children such as playing at the park or playing outside with friends. Experts say to aim for 60 minutes of vigorous play or aerobic activity daily.

Screen Time

Too much time spent in front of a screen (phone, computer, tablet, video games, TV) is not healthy. The AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) recommends that screen time be limited for children and adolescents.

Healthy Eating

What you eat can affect your cholesterol. All of our patients meet with a dietitian to see if there is anything in their diet that may affect their cholesterol levels. Here are some resources for helping you and your family eat healthy:

Parenting Blog: Growing Up Healthy

Interested in more tips to keep your family healthy and active? Check out our American Family Children's Hospital parenting blog, Growing Up Healthy, and sign up to receive updates from the blog.