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Healthy Happy Hearts

I have been trying to make healthier choices for myself and my family this year. Admittedly some of my new years resolutions have been falling short lately, but I figure that there is no time like the present to get back to it. February is national heart month, and so I thought I would take advantage of this opportunity to get the girls in on some of the fun.

We had lots of fun learning about what the heart does, and why it is so important to keep it healthy. We found a great video to that explained all about the heart and how it works.

After watching the video we came up with some great food alternatives that are not only healthier for our hearts but tasty too.

Eat fruit instead of drinking fruit juice – to help us eat more fruit I had the girls get involved by helping to prepare the fruit. I have found that we are much more likely to eat it, if it is already washed, cut, and in the fridge waiting to go.

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Make veggies fun – we had lots of fun experimenting with different veggies. Once again had the girls help wash and prepare the veggies. We have found that some are great with peanut butter or yogurt, and that we can use our veggies to make edible pictures.

Now that we had a better idea of what we can put into our bodies. We came up with a great list to get moving, or as little B says it, “moooooving.”

Follow the leader – the girls loved taking turns playing this around the house and outside. We made it interesting by galloping, jumping, crawling, marching, and any other fun way we could think of to get our bodies moving.

Susie wanted to do handstands.

Susie wanted to do handstands.

B had to do them too.

B had to do them too.

Dance Party – is exactly what it sounds like, we get the music and our hearts pumping. We also like to play freeze dance which is where we put on some music and when the music stops we freeze in a silly pose.

Dance, dance dance.

Dance, dance dance.

How many can you do? – We came up with a bunch of movement ideas like, jumping jacks, push ups, bunny hops, running in place, crab walks etc and wrote them down on pieces of paper. We take turns pulling a movement out of a cup and then doing it as a family to see just how many we can do.

I am so glad that the girls and I decided to do this, not only did we learn a ton of information but we had lots of fun doing it. Taking care of ourselves and our hearts starts now, and I am glad the girls have a foundation that we can continue to build on in the future.

Susan

Susan

Susan is a stay at home mom to two spunky little girls, ages 4 and 1. She likes to keep the girls busy with lots of outside activities, gymnastics, dance, music, and seasonal sports. However, always make time to have play dates with friends and just be a kid.
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Susan is a stay at home mom to two spunky little girls, ages 4 and 1. She likes to keep the girls busy with lots of outside activities, gymnastics, dance, music, and seasonal sports. However, always make time to have play dates with friends and just be a kid.

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