February is American Heart Month

Did you know many kids and teens have high blood pressure (hypertension) and other risk factors for heart disease and stroke?  A recent study shows that about 1 in 25 youth ages 12-19 have hypertension, and 1 in 10 has elevated blood pressure (previously called "prehypertension").

What can parents do?

Ask your doctor to measure your child’s blood pressure starting at age 3. Helping children keep a healthy weight, eat nutritious foods, and get regular physical activity can lower their blood pressure and reduce their risk for cardiovascular disease later in life. Try these tips to help your child keep a healthy weight and normal blood pressure:

Food and Drinks

Physical Activity

Healthy Weight

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