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Keep children heart healthy with Superheart

Contrarily to common belief, children are vulnerable to cardiovascular disease (CVD) and the risk of CVD can begin early in life: it can start before birth during foetal development, and increase further during childhood with exposure to unhealthy diets, lack of exercise and smoking.

It is never too early to start looking after your heart and as a parent, you can start taking care of the hearts of your children now. Making even just a few changes can help to reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke: encourage healthy eating and physical activity, and ban tobacco use. Here are a few ideas to help you make a start:

  • Teach your children how to recognize healthy food and make it exciting for them: choose colourful food, involve them in the cooking, make funny plates
  • Be active with your kids: go swimming or play a sport with them, walk or cycle to school, ask them to help with the gardening
  • Ban smoking from your home and educate your children about the danger of tobacco use
  • Print our leaflet and encourage your children to learn more about their heart with the games of Superheart, the superhero protecting children’s hearts (designed for children 7-10 years old)

Find some more information and ideas on our page Facts and tips for your heart, and learn more about CVD in children with our scientific fact sheets.

Learn more about the Superheart campaign

Download the leaflet
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