Teaching Kids to Care for Their Heart

We’ve been spending a lot of time at the dinner table lately talking about what is healthy and what isn’t healthy, and how to eat a balanced meal of good foods that provide energy for the body. I’ve been teaching them to identify a protein, a fruit, a veggie, and I’ve been explaining what “carbs” are, and how we need to keep our carbs in balance with all of the other things we eat. I am promoting these dinner table conversations so that my kids can learn how to make good choices when they are on their own… leaning into the fridge to select an after school snack, or when they are at a friend’s house and they are offered an array of choices that they might not see at home- I want them to be able to think…. hmmm- these are all carbs- so I should have some fruit or a veggie with this too.

We’ve made it a bit of a game to read food labels too. Now while my kids are already skeptical of over-hyped product claims that they might see on TV commercials for kids toys (“Look at how life-like and fun this plastic pony is!”), they know they they can trust reading the ingredients and nutritional information on a food label. We talk about reading the ingredients list on a cereal box to see if sugar is one of the first three items listed. We look for the number of grams of protein in a granola bar. And we talk about things like added calcium in orange juice and low sodium in soups. Teaching Kids to Eat Heart-Healthy Foods1 As part of these discussions we talk about exercise as an important part of keeping our heart healthy, and list the things we did during the day that helped get our hearts moving…. yes, gym class counts, no- drawing pictures during indoor recess doesn’t. If we feel we didn’t move enough during the day, we might have a family dance party after dinner or I might rope a few of my kids into doing yoga with me.

Like so many other aspects of parenting and teaching my kids, I feel as if I am trying to lay a foundation of information that leads to good choices on their own. Caring for our bodies and our hearts is important to me. Yes, heart disease has run in my family… but not all of my kids share my genes so I do not know what hereditary factors may exist in their own genetic makeup. So I focus on what I can do… which is to teach, teach, teach, and then trust. Teaching Kids to Eat Heart-Healthy Foods2 The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women® movement launched in 2004 to increase awareness of heart disease among women and to create a call-to-action for heart-healthy lifestyle changes. Campbell’s has supported the Go Red For Women® movement through its annual Address Your Heart campaign. This year Campbell’s Address Your Heart campaign is a Kitchen Project for a chance to win a $50,000 kitchen makeover. Who wouldn’t love to win that?

Follow the steps below and share how you care for your heart to participate in Campbell’s contest and you could win a $50,000 kitchen makeover.  Contest Rules  & Prize Page.

Step 1: Submit a photo below that shows how you care for your heart

Step 2: Fill out the information required including your name, email address and zip code.

Step 3: Write a short contest entry (up to 200 words) that corresponds with the photo and share how you care for your heart. Please be honest and sincere with all your thoughts and remember to tell us in 200 words or less.

Step 4: Confirm you’ve read the Official Rules.

Step 5: Log in through your Facebook account.

Step 6: Submit your contest entry.

You can share your contest entry on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and visit AddressYourHeart.com for recipes, tips, and downloadable coupons for heart-healthy products from Campbell.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of the Campbell Soup Company’s Address Your Heart initiative.  The opinions, text, and images are all mine.

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