Students at Fairgrieve Elementary School in the Fulton City School District recently received a friendly reminder to eat right and exercise daily to ensure healthy hearts.
Meg Gibbons, a Youth Market Director for the American Heart Association, recently visited the school to promote heart health awareness and what actions students need to take to keep the heart muscle as healthy as possible.
Known as the “Heart Lady,” Gibbons explained the three steps students need to remember in order to keep their hearts strong and healthy. The first step in the process, Gibbons said, is to exercise at least 60 minutes per day.
“Your physical education class is the only class that determines how old you get,” Gibbons said. “The rest of the classes are getting you really smart, but without physical education you won’t be healthy. So you need to be sure to work just as hard in your physical education class as you do in your other classes.”
The second step to ensure a healthy heart is to eat properly.
While Gibbons said that everyone is prone to eating “junk food” every so often, the goal is to eat healthy foods with regularity.
“I’m not going to stand here and tell you to never have a chicken nugget or a bowl of ice cream, because you are and that’s OK,” Gibbons said. “But we need to eat healthy all the time and then we can have some things that aren’t as healthy.”
The third and final heart healthy tip is for students to remember to brush their teeth two times a day.
According to Gibbons, poor dental hygiene can cause plague and bacteria to enter the bloodstream and negatively affect the heart.