Be positive — Make heart wellness fun by incorporating games into your family activities or walk to a park to get a healthy picnic dinner. Celebrate victories to promote a positive sense of self-esteem. Be realistic — Establish realistic objectives and limits. Small steps and slow changes can make a big difference in your children’s health with time, so start small and develop. Schedule checkups before sports season — If a kid is an athlete, have him see the pediatrician for a physical examination to rule out the probability of sudden cardiac death. Even though this is rare in otherwise seemingly healthy adolescents, it must be addressed to recognize those who are at risk. Continue moving — Exercise for a family; ride bikes, have a walk, go swimming or play games outside. Go to the grocery store together — Know more about reading nutrition labels and also make it fun for your little one. Staples on your kitchen needs to be 100 percent whole wheat or grains, low-fat dairy products, poultry, fish and nuts. Insist on good food options in school. Make sure your child’s health care providers are tracking cardiovascular indicators such as BMI, blood pressure and cholesterol. Contact public officials on matters of the heart. Make your voice heard. Limit screen time — persistent display time contributes to a sedentary way of life and constant snacking, which increases the risk for obesity and cardiovascular disease. Limit TV, computer and phone time to two hours each day. “If a kid sees that eating well and getting lots of exercise is significant to his mother, father and other family members, he is a lot more inclined to adopt a similar lifestyle as he gets older and finally moves out of the house,” Dr. Kane says. “It’s not fair to tell the kid to eat carrots and celery if he sees other members of the household eating French fries. Likewise if the kid sees mother and dad watching a great deal of TV, he is very likely to do the same.” Keep healthy choices on the hands — When your kid gets home from college, give him healthy snack alternatives such as whole grain crackers and string cheese, hummus dip and vegetables, Greek yogurt with citrus pieces, nuts and dried fruit. Check salt intake — Avoid processed foods and maintain salt shakers off the table.