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Initiating healthful lifestyle "training" in childhood to reduce risk of coronary heart disease later in life is a key principle behind new guidelines published in the July 1 issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association (AHA).
Helping children visualize a "healthy plate" of food (one half-filled with salad and vegetables, one-fourth with a starch, and one-fourth with a protein), be physically active, and remain smoke-free are fundamental parts of establishing lifelong heart health, said the AHA in announcing its new childhood guidelines.
Mitka M. Children's Heart Health Guide. JAMA. 2002;288(4):441. doi:10.1001/jama.288.4.441