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Heart Healthy Valentines Day for Kids

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As a former educator, I like this idea. As a former kid, Valentines Day was all about candy and exchanging cards. I like this learning opportunity (nutrition/science/health) presented to me by Super Kids Nutrition.

In 1963, with support of American Heart Association, February was proclaimed American Heart Month. This month Super Kids Nutrition is challenging teachers, parents and kids to make heart healthy food choices!

Even the youngest Americans are turning up with precursors of heart disease:  61% of overweight 5 to 10 years olds already possessed at least one major risk factor for heart disease, and 26% possessed two or more factors!  With heart disease remaining nation’s #1 killer America needs to wake up and change its ways.

What a better time than Valentine’s Day! And as you’re surrounded by hearts in all shapes and forms, this is a great opportunity to show those you care for how you care about their heart.

With the mission to “save the world, one healthy food at a time,” Super Kids Nutrition is offering advice on how schools and families can make this February a heart-healthy month and encourage long-term lifestyle changes.  Just remember, the key to healthy living is to always make it fun. With so many exciting activities and healthy food ideas available online, teaching your kids and families to eat and live heart-healthy has never been easier.

This month, Super Kids Nutrition encourages schools and families to say no to traditional sugar-laden Valentine’s parties and offers advice on “heart-healthy Valentine Day celebrations” for schools and families along with most nutritious, easy and delicious recipes that will keep kids happy and their hearts healthy.

Revamp your family or classroom’s Valentine’s Day celebration with these easy tips.

Create a magnificent masterpiece for your party table with colorful berries arranged on a tray in heart shape.

Instead of traditional candy attached to your Valentine cards, make it a special sticker, pencil or an eraser this year.

Make your own heart-healthy desserts by dipping fresh and dried fruits in dark chocolate, rich in antioxidants protecting our heart.

Give the most important muscle a workout!  Make it a dance party, a jumping party, or balance-a-balloon-on-your head party.
The possibilities are endless!

Give kids the gift of love – knowledge! Teach them about their heart, how to find their heart beat and what they should do to keep their hearts healthy.

Be hearty to those who need it most. Run a food or clothes drive in your school and donate the items to local shelters.

The best way to show our kids how much we love them is to give them a healthy heart!

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Blogger’s ideas:

Make the candy like a condiment not the first course. Amidst the berries, stick a few pieces of dark chocolate.

What about heart-shaped peanut butter or almond butter (watch those kids with nut allergies) and jelly sandwiches?

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