Ditch the Screens, Embrace the Giggles: Every Move Counts in the Adventure of a Healthy Heart !

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like molecule produced by the liver. Cholesterol (kuh-LES-teh-rawl) aids in the formation of cell membranes and is required for the production of hormones such as estrogen and testosterone, as well as vitamin D.

Most parents are unlikely to consider what cholesterol implies for their children. However, heart disease has its origins in childhood. As a result, elevated cholesterol levels in children can raise their risk of developing heart disease and stroke as adults. Worried about the long-term effects of your child’s screen time? New research offers promising news! A study shows that light physical activity, like walking, chores, or slow dancing, can significantly lower bad cholesterol caused by childhood inactivity, even more effectively than intense exercise!

Cholesterol in the blood does not circulate on its own. It binds to proteins as it travels through the circulation. Lipoproteins (lie-poh-PRO-teenz) are cholesterol and protein molecules that move together.

Most of us are familiar with the lipoproteins low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and high-density lipoprotein (HDL).

The facts:

  • Increased childhood sitting can raise cholesterol by 67% by age 24, leading to future heart risks.
  • This study followed kids for 13 years, finding that light activity lowered bad cholesterol and boosted good cholesterol.
  • While the WHO recommends 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous activity, light activity throughout the day might be more beneficial.

Simple ways to get moving:

  • Take the stairs, walk or bike to school, choose active hobbies.
  • Help with chores, play active games, and take family walks together.
  • Encourage fidgeting, dancing, and any movement that breaks up sitting.

Empowering change:

Remember, every step counts! This research shows that even small changes in daily habits can have a big impact on kids’ future health. Let’s encourage playful movement and make light activity a natural part of their day!

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