It’s important for the whole family to make a point of heart health. It’s never too early to think about heart-healthy living, in fact, better to encourage good habits when children are young to give them a heart-healthy head start. The American Heart Association recognizes that following a heart-healthy lifestyle at a young age can help keep a child’s heart strong and healthy well into the future.1

Heart-healthy habits, such as eating right and engaging in regular physical activity, can bring lifelong benefits for the whole family. Find out how to help your family lead a healthy lifestyle. In this section you can:

  1. Williams CL, Hayman LL, Daniels SR, Robinson TN, Steinberger J, Paridon S and Bazzarre T. Cardiovascular health in childhood: a statement for health professionals from the Committee on Atherosclerosis, Hypertension, and Obesity in the Young (AHOY) of the Council on Cardiovascular Disease in the Young, American Heart Association. Circulation. 2002. 106(1):143-160.