Florida Heart Group Recognizes Teens on Track for Heart Disease Problems
04/23/2013

Most teens eat a diet which makes the prime candidates for heart disease when they become adults, and Florida Heart Group would like to spread awareness of what a healthy lifestyle should look like for the typical teenager.

Online PR News – 23-April-2013 – Orlando, Florida – A recent study by the American Heart Association found an astonishing 80% of US teens eat diets which place them on the path to heart disease. Specifically, they’re eating excess amounts of fat and sugar, while not consuming enough fruits and vegetables. In addition, they don’t exercise often enough. A miniscule 1% eat what the AHA considers to be a perfectly healthy diet.

"For Florida Heart Group, teenagers, and their parents, this news is earth-shattering. We’re all aware the modern lifestyle makes it more difficult to live a healthy life, but these startling findings put the whole situation into perspective," said the Florida vascular clinic’s CEO Andrew Laverghetta.

Florida Heart Group, however, is taking a pro-active approach to addressing the problem by offering tips to parents of teens so they can help their children live long, healthy, and happy, lives. Following are a few tips from AHA the Florida cardiology clinic offers:

Parents should live healthy lives of their own. Teens never fail to imitate the primary authority figures in their lives. The best place to start helping teens thinking about living and eating healthy is for parents to provide a good example of their own.

Keep things positive and realistic. Children and teens respond much better to the celebration of their successes. Additionally, taking small steps towards healthy eating over a long period of time works best for building new habits. Avoid punishing behavior and dramatic changes, as teens don’t respond as well to these techniques.

Encourage physical activity they enjoy. It’s easiest for teens to stay motivated if they enjoy what they are doing. Help them discover what form of exercise works best for them.

Tie rewards to good behavior. Don’t reward good behavior with television, video games, or junk food. Celebrate good behavior by allowing more time with friends, for example.

Stay involved. Monitor their cardiovascular indicators such as their BMI, blood pressure, and cholesterol. Give them rewards when they meet more healthy goals.

By using these strategies, parents can help teens avoid symptoms of heart attack and the damage they cause. Parents interested in checking the vascular health of their teens and beginning their journey toward a healthy lifestyle should visit Florida Heart Group’s website at http://www.fhg.org/ to learn more or to schedule a preventative screening.

About Florida Heart Group: Founded in 1979, Florida Heart Group has since grown into the local leader for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of heart disease in people of all ages. With 19 Orlando doctors, the practice specializes in a number of vascular technologies and conditions including Interventional Cardiology, Peripheral Vascular Technology, Women’s Heart Disease, Arrhythmia, Adult Congenital Heart Disease, and Diagnostic Imaging. Florida Heart Group regularly offers helpful heart health information on its blog, Twitter, and Facebook accounts.

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