The Preventive Cardiology Clinic believes in focusing on family education to help children live a more heart-healthy lifestyle. We emphasize the need for patients to change to a heart-healthy diet and for families to increase their daily exercise time in a safe environment. We strive to involve the entire family to create a family-based program. Here are some helpful tips.
Be a positive role model/be supportive.
Get the whole family involved.
Limit sedentary time/increase physical activities.
Set specific goals and realistic expectations.
Celebrate good behavior with healthy foods.
Be an advocate for healthier children.
Children are evaluated at the Preventive Cardiology Clinic for several reasons and can be referred by their pediatrician or primary care physician when:
They have a family history of high cholesterol, or
A family member has had an early cardiovascular event, or
There is an abnormally elevated fasting lipid profile and further evaluation and possible medical therapy is indicated
For children ages 2 – 10 years, initial lipid profile testing is recommended as an aspect of preventive pediatric care. We follow the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendation for fasting lipid profiles, which includes testing of:
Triglyceride level (based on what they eat)
Total cholesterol (based on what a child inherits from family and what they eat)
HDL-C (“good” cholesterol)
LDL-C (“bad” cholesterol)
Height and Weight/BMI
Assessment of risk factors in the family history
Patients may also need to see a registered dietician or a nutritionist in the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition or locally where they live.
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Director of Preventive Cardiology
related topicsParent and Family Resources
Be Physically Active Daily
Eat a Healthy Breakfast Every Day
Eat More Family Meals
Fruits and Vegetables for Better Health
Limit Sugar-Sweetened Beverages
Limit Total Screen Time to 2 Hours a Day
Haga Actividad Física Todos Los Días
Coma Un Desayuno Saludable Cada Día
Coma Más Comidas Con La Familia, Aumente El Tiempo De Familia
Frutas y Verduras para Mejor Salud
Limítese La Cantidad De Bebidas Endulzada Con Azúcar
Disminuya El Tiempo Que Esté Frente Al Televisor A 2 Horas Al Día