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Preventing and Reversing Heart Disease For Dummies, 3rd Edition by James M. Rippe

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Chapter 23

Ten Tips for Involving Your Family in a Heart-Healthy Lifestyle

In This Chapter

arrow Involving family members early in heart-healthy living

arrow Exploring the many ways to pursue a heart-healthy lifestyle together

Pursuing good health and preventing heart disease is most successful when it’s a family affair. Whether you are just starting your family, in the midst of raising your children, exploring the newfound freedoms of empty nesters, or enjoying an extended family as grandparents, these ten pointers provide useful ideas you can adapt to your needs and situation.

Start Early

Health habits start in childhood. Active children usually become active adults. Children who learn to like a variety of nutritious foods and develop heart-healthy eating patterns typically follow those patterns as they grow into adults. Here are some suggestions:

  • Start introducing a variety of vegetables and fruits to children when they start eating solid foods. When they graduate from strained or pureed foods, continue to introduce a variety of healthful foods.

    tip.eps You may need to offer a new food more than five or ten times before a child accepts it. Also, remember to use positive reinforcement, but don’t ...

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