It can be difficult to instill heart healthy habits in your young ones – especially when it comes to nutrition. This is a battle survivors like Migdalia Rivera know all too well. When she learned that heart disease was in her family, she began to make changes to her household’s eating habits and was met with resistance. “I told my son, ‘I don’t want you to have a heart attack,’” recalls Migdalia. “I don’t want you to die before I die.” Getting an immediate change of heart is easier said than done. But ultimately, both of Migdalia’s sons adapted to healthy changes, and your family will, too.
Today, about one of three American kids and teens are overweight or obese, nearly triple the rate in 1963. And naturally, this is speeding up health problems that previously weren’t seen until adulthood – like heart disease. In this section we’ll show you how to cook delicious, heart-healthy meals for your entire family. With a few tricks, some practice and a bit of patience, you’ll soon be adding new soldiers to the battle against heart disease.