Lifestyle Factors: Fitness, Screen Time and Healthy Eating
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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.
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.
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:
- Food Groups/My Plate
- Keeping Portions Under Control
- Sugar and Sweets In Your Child's Diet
- Is Your Child Hungry - Or Just Bored?
- Pediatric Healthy Eating: Label Reading Basics
- Heart Health for Kids: 12 Eating Tips for Young Healthy Hearts
- Healthy Eating/Wellness: Healthy Snacks