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Home is Where the Heart is so Let’s Talk About It

Jan 24, 2021 04:09PM ● By Dr. Harley Martinmaas, DC from Balanced Life Chiropractic

By: Dr. Harley Martinmaas, DC from Balanced Life Chiropractic 

Place your hand over your heart. Let it rest there for a moment to feel the beating of your heart. It’s February and when you think of this month what comes to mind? Valentine’s day right? The day all about love and candy. Not only is February about Valentine’s day but it is also the American Heart Association’s Heart Awareness Month. Why is it important for us to know more about our heart? Well it is literally our lifeline. So it’s important for you and your kids to know about it. 

 

We are almost a year into this pandemic and some of you are still teaching your kids at home. You’re probably running out of ideas on teach your kids so start teaching them how their body works. Let’s start with the heart. That simple thing I asked you to do at the beginning is a great way to begin So have them find their heart by feeling the beating in their chest and explain to them what that is. It’s their heart pumping blood everywhere. It’s taking the oxygen from the lungs and sending it all around their body then bringing back carbon dioxide that the lungs breath out. You can even teach them how to find their pulse as well. Place your first two finger on the inside of your wrist just below the thumb and press in a little bit until you feel your heartbeat or just below where your chin and neck meet on the side. 

 With your older kids you can start to break down the structure of the heart and follow the path of the blood. Show them a cartoon picture of what a real heart looks like compared to the shape we know it as. There are a lot of great resources out there to help. For more ideas to keep your kids entertained when bored at home go to https://www.acls.net/a-look-at-the-human-heart.htm for lessons and activities about the heart. 

The more we know about it, the better we will take care of it. Don’t wait until you are older to start taking care of your heart. Diet and exercise are vital to keeping you and your heart healthy. Go to the https://www.heart.org/ to learn more about heart health.