Five Tips for Healthier Kids

In a recent survey, more than 70 percent of the teens already had one or more of the following: High blood pressure, high blood sugar, high triglycerides, low levels of healthy HDL cholesterols, excess body weight. Here are four fast tips on getting your kids (or yourself if you’re a teen!) back on a healthier path.

1. Cholesterol check
Everyone in the family should be checked annually, starting right now. High cholesterol must be brought into a healthy range either with dietary changes or medication if your doctor prescribes it.

2. Blood pressure check:
Because the healthy numbers vary with age, ask your pediatrician if your youngsters are on the road to high blood pressure. Teens, know your healthy numbers and ask your doctor if you need to do anything to stay healthy.

3. Avoid salty foods and added sugar:
Teens, cut pizza consumption to once a month and avoid fast food, convenience foods and sodas.

4. Say hello to Mother Nature:
Reach for natural fiber-filled fruits, veggies and whole grains. Drink and serve water with meals. Choose non-fat milk and non- or low-fat dairy products.

5. Stay active:
Run, jump, play. Whatever it takes to get your heart pumping and your calories burned.