Summer tips for staying heart and brain healthy as a family in the heat, plus Life’s Essential 8 and more…

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American Heart Association adds sleep to cardiovascular health checklist – American Heart Association Presidential Advisory

American Heart Association President Donald M. Lloyd-Jones, M.D., Sc.M., FAHA, who led the advisory writing group and is chair of the department of preventive medicine, the Eileen M. Foell Professor of Heart Research and professor of preventive medicine, medicine and pediatrics at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago explains Life’s Essential 8™.

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The American Heart Association’s Life’s Essential 8™ image is a wheel shape with 8 wedges representing the 8 elements that are essential for cardiovascular health.

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AHA's Life's Essential 8™ graphic Spanish

La American Heart Association’s Life’s Essential 8™ imagen tiene forma de rueda con 8 cuñas que representan los 8 elementos que son esenciales para la salud cardiovascular.

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Afternoon healthy snack

Help your children develop healthy eating habits early in life that will bring lifelong benefits.

When you cook at home you have more control over ingredients and portion sizes, so aim to cook at home more often than eating out. Get great recipes and tips at

Make it fun for kids to try new fruits and vegetables. Let them pick out a new fruit or vegetable in the grocery store each week and figure out together how to cook or prepare it in a healthy way.

For snack time, keep fresh fruit and pre-chopped or no-chop veggies on hand. Your family is more likely to grab fruits and vegetables over other items if they’re readily available.

Cook vegetables in healthy ways that will help bring out their natural flavors, including roasting, grilling, steaming and baking.

Healthy eating tips for the whole family

Kids playing in city playground

Be a role model for an active lifestyle. Start moving more yourself and find ways to be active together as a family.

Physical activity should be fun for children and adolescents. Encourage kids to keep trying activities to discover the ones they like and will stick with. Don’t use physical activity as a punishment.

Reduce or limit sedentary screen time, including watching television, playing video games and using a digital device. Don’t use the TV or a device as a babysitter.

Provide kids with opportunities to be active. Give them active toys and games, like bikes, skateboards, roller skates, scooters, jump ropes, balls and sports equipment.

Get familiar with community facilities near you, like pools, recreation centers, bike paths and parks.

Tips for staying active this summer as a family


Celebrate Independence Day July 4th!

Backyard soccer

National Youth Sports Week July 20-26th


National Avocado Day July 31st

7/2 – Civil Rights Act Anniversary

7/3 – National Stay Out of the Sun Day

7/4 – Independence Day

7/5 – National Workaholics Day

7/7 – Father/Daughter Take a Walk Together Day | Global Forgiveness Day

7/11 – World Population Day

7/15 – National Give Something Away Day

7/24 – Parents’ Day

7/27 – National Disability Independence Day

7/20-26 – National Youth Sports Week

7/28 – World Hepatitis Day

7/30 – International Friendship Day

7/31 – National Avocado Day