Go Red for Heart Disease
After a lifelong battle with obesity, three pregnancies complicated with Gestational Diabetes and Pre-Eclampsia, and rising blood pressure and cholesterol, I took the life-altering step of having Gastric Bypass surgery. Since having my bariatric surgery four months ago, I am down nearly 60 lbs. off of my blood pressure medication, and feeling great! Bariatric surgery isn’t for everyone, but it has been a wonderful tool for me (not the solution, but just a tool) to get healthy. Especially to get my heart healthy. So today, February 1st, the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Heart Disease Day, is a celebration for me and my new path to a healthier heart and life.
Aside from wearing red today, I encourage you to educate yourself, Mama, by visiting the AHA to learn the symptoms of a heart attack in women (which are different from those in men) and to take just 5 minutes to check your personal heart score. And make it your mission to do something, any little thing, to educate your kids about heart health today. Here’s one fun way to get your little picky eaters to try different (and healthier) foods…
Red Foods Picky Eater Taste Test
Last year my kids’ had a blast with our Green Food Taste Test for St. Patrick’s Day. They have begged to have another taste testing! So I thought it would be perfect for Go RED day and also for upcoming Valentine’s Day to have a RED Food Taste Testing.
It’s so easy. Just put a bunch of red and pink foods (a couple treats and lots of healthy options, too) in some muffin tins and print out this fun taste test chart for your kids to record their results. With this set up and simple chart in front of them, I’ve never had my picky eaters refuse to try at least one bite of something. It’s like magic!
Will you and your kids GO RED for Heart Disease today? How do you encourage good heart health in your kids?
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