Health

How to have a healthy family

Your children’s annual checkup may be just as important for your health as it is for theirs, according to a study of more than 800 kids in the Journal of Pediatrics.

A little girl playing doctor with her teddy bear

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Your children’s annual checkup may be just as important for your health as it is for theirs, according to a study of more than 800 kids in the Journal of Pediatrics. It found that children with risk factors for heart disease, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high glucose levels, were also more likely to have parents at risk of developing the disease.

Bottom line:
Don’t forget to take care of yourself, too. If your kids are at risk for heart disease, get yourself checked out, and start improving the whole family’s cardiovascular health: Get a few hours of exercise a week, and make sure your kids are getting at least an hour a day. And load your grocery cart with fruits, veggies, whole grains, low-fat dairy and extra-lean meat.