• As a parent, you want your children to be healthy. You do your best to feed them nutritious foods and hope that they are getting enough physical activity. Lately, though, there's been so much news about children in Canada being overweight and obese that you may be wondering whether your child fits into that category.

  • Traditionally there has been only one way to assess your weight, the scale. But the amount you weigh doesn't necessarily tell the whole story. Today, there are other methods of self-assessment that may give you a clearer picture of how your weight may be affecting your health. The methods include taking your waistline measurement and calculating your Body Mass Index (BMI).

  • Getting kids engaged in healthy eating and physical activity now can help them stay healthy today and throughout their lives – reducing their risk of heart disease or stroke as an adult. More than ever before, children are at risk for obesity and its related health problems such as high blood pressure and diabetes.

  • Managing your weight doesnt have to mean altering your life dramatically. Take small steps, aim modestly and realistically, and then build from there. A small, steady weight loss of a pound a week is much easier to attain and healthier for your heart than a larger drop.

  • The Heart and Stroke Foundation encourages Canadians to learn about what constitutes healthy blood pressure readings, cholesterol levels and lifestyle habits. Here's a guide to help you learn the basics and get on track to a healthy heart.

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