Avera Health Celebrates Heart Month with Sioux Falls Catholic Schools

SIOUX FALLS, SD-  An old Chinese proverb says, “When the heart is at ease, the body is healthy.”  But if you don’t keep your body healthy, it could affect your future heart health.

“A lot of the clients that we work with at the heart hospital. They say ‘well when I was a kid.’ So if we can teach them to make healthy habits now, it’s going to be so much easier for them going forward,” says Dietitian Lauren Cornay of Avera Health.

Christ the King School invited all Sioux Falls Catholic School students in 4th grade to attend the interactive lesson.  Kids learned how taking care of your heart now can lead to a healthy lifestyle in the future.  Including daily exercise or how much sugar is too much in food and drinks like soda.

Cornay explains, “They think there’s 3-4 teaspoons in some of their sodas and that. Really there’s 10-15 and even 20 teaspoons sugar.”

Too much sugar in the body can be stored as fat, but everything in moderation is okay.

“We don’t want to scare them away. So a lot of what we emphasize is a little bit of everything is okay,” says Cornay.  “We want them to drink water, a little bit of milk, a little bit of juice, but staying away from those smoothies and that sort of thing. They really just have an amazing amount of sugar in them.”

Another important aspect with Heart Month is C.P.R and A.E.D training, which is exactly what these kids are doing today.  Recent studies show that it takes 3 times to be exposed to something before you’re confident to complete tasks, which is why kids are learning hands-only C.P.R and using an A.E.D machine now.

“The more people we can have that are exposed to hands-only C.P.R in the community, the more public access defibrillators in the community, the higher survival rates we’ll have in our community,” says E.M.S Educator for the Sioux Falls Fire Rescue Jeremy Robertson.

Some tips for taking care of your heart include drinking more water, to quit smoking, and cut down on the in take of salt in your diet.

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