ATLANTA - The health habits kids form early on in childhood can shape who they become, and what they do, as adults. Yet a recent study by the American Heart Association shows many U-S children are coming up short when it comes to their heart health.
The Heart Association recommends a kids get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity a day -- but only half of school age children and less than 10 percent of older teens get enough exercise. And it could be just one habit undermining their heart-healthy as adults.
"We often don't think about heart health until something bad happens,” says pediatric cardiologist Dr. Dennis Kim of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.
Kim says when we do think about things like heart attacks and stroke, we don’t think about youngsters.