One of the main motivators for us to get a cubby for our children was we wanted to create an outside space for them to play and be active without having to leave home. As we all know, being active is so important for children’s mental and physical development. It is essential for their health now and in the future. Now we also realise how important it is for their heart health. The amount of evidence is growing, research has found that being active and having a good diet in childhood years can help fight the onset of cardiovascular disease. So lets get both kids and parents outside and playing because outdoor fun leads to a healthier heart!
From the Heart Foundation-
“The Heart Foundation recognises that heart healthy habits are formed in early years and set the scene for a long and healthy life. So it’s important for parents and carers to be a positive role model when it comes to eating healthier and being more active. Not only will you improve your own health but you’ll be setting up healthier habits in your children for life. Healthy heart tips for children are just like those for adults.”
This article is worth reading. It goes on to detail how you can improve both your health and your children’s by physical activity, healthy eating and gives information on heart disease in children.
It’s recommended children get 60 minutes of exercise a day for a healthy heart and body. This doesn’t have to be all in one go, and it doesn’t have to be in any structured sport or activity. One of the best things about having your own cubby is they have their very own kids activity centre right there in the convenience and safety of their own backyard!
The statistics are alarming. Cardiovascular disease is one of Australia’s largest health problems. It affects around 1.4 million Australians, it claimed the lives of over 21,500 Australians (14% of all deaths) in 2011 and it kills 59 Australians each day, or one Australian every 24 minutes. More than all other childhood diseases combined – many of these are heart conditions that children are born with, however many children are increasingly at risk of heart disease due to their inactivity. We need to do everything we can to ensure our children have the best possible chance at a health and happy future.
Children instinctively follow their parents example. Getting outside and playing with your kids will be fantastic for your health and the health of your children and set them up with healthy habits for their adult years to help fight against the growing number Australians suffering from of heart disease.
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