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On this day, Americans are urged to wear red to show their support for women's heart health and to raise public awareness about the dangers of heart disease in women.
Here are some ways in which you can involve children in heart awareness month.
- Wear red on February 1st, and encourage children to do the same. Explain to them that by doing so you are supporting healthy hearts for women.
- Not only be physically active yourself, but also encourage healthy activity for kids. One such activity you can do together is yoga. Stress is one factor that contributes heavily to heart disease, and since practicing yoga relieves stress, it is in turn good for your heart. Practice breathing in and out through your nose; this type of yoga breathing can definitely influence your heart rhythm through your central nervous system.
- Have your family eat a healthy diet and include children in the meal planning. Shop at your local farmer's market such as the local harvest found at Pacific Palisades Farmer's Market.
- Learn more about heart disease and its risk factors. A little education concerning how our decisions impact our health might prompt kids to choose their foods and activities more wisely. When they understand what the heart is and how it works, they are more likely to make more informed decisions, even when they grow older and you can't always be by their side.
- Involve kids in raising funds through donations and fundraisers for lifesaving educational programs.
By encouraging and modeling healthy heart habits, parents are paving the way for a life long tradition of health and fitness for their children.