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January 28, 2014

Health Brief

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Olympic fever can encourage physical activity in children

HOUSTON - According to an expert at Baylor College of Medicine, the Olympics are a great opportunity for children to learn about physical activity and goal setting.

According to Dr. Jorge Gomez, associate professor of pediatrics in the division of adolescent and sports medicine at Baylor, Olympic competitions will encourage children to do something fun and active.

“Research has shown that the strongest predictor of children remaining physically active into adulthood is having experiences of being active with their parents,” said Gomez.

He offers the following tips for parents when watching the Olympic Games with their children:

- Point out that the athletes are participating because it’s fun for them.

- Emphasize athletes are where they are after years of hard work.

- Discuss what it means to be a team player and to have good sportsmanship.

- Focus on the fact that the athletes are fit because they take care of themselves by eating well and exercising.

- While encouraging children to explore new activities, keep safety in mind.

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Follow up on your heart health

HOUSTON - Eating healthy and exercising are well known tips to keep your heart healthy, but doctors at Baylor College of Medicine say don’t forget about the follow-ups.

“Many times people will see a doctor and receive a diagnosis of high cholesterol or blood pressure, for example, but they won’t follow up with another appointment,” said Dr. Joseph Coselli, professor of surgery at Baylor. “These secondary doctor visits are needed to monitor progression of risk factors and to help find the most effective treatment options. “

Coselli recommends asking your doctor some important questions:

- What is a healthy weight for me?

- What does a balanced diet consist of?

- How do I quit smoking?

- What exercises should I add to my daily routine?

- What health screenings should I have?

- When should I follow up with my next appointment?

“You have to be responsible for your health and make important changes to keep your heart healthy,” Coselli said.

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