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Take Care of your Heart (Grades 3 to 5)



Take Care of your Heart (Grades 3 to 5)
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 3 to 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.23

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     challenging words:    fatty, overweight, cholesterol, clot, properly, stress, heart, muscle, lifetime, minutes, important, working, doing, faster, however, attack


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     Spanish: Cuida tu corazón (3 a 5 grado)


Take Care of your Heart
By Jennifer Kenny
  

1     Your heart is a very important muscle in your body. It is constantly working and yet it never gets tired. You would never want to have it get weak and tired. Sometimes a person's heart has a disease that can't be avoided. That means something was going to happen no matter what. However, sometimes a person has a heart attack or heart disease that could have been avoided. That means there were things that person could have done to keep his or her heart working properly. What are some things you can do to take care of your heart?
 
2     First of all, every person should exercise for twenty minutes a few times a week. This makes your heart beat faster, keeps it healthy and strong, and keeps your body strong, too. Find something fun to do. Dance, do jumping jacks, play tag, roller skate, or play catch.
 
3     Second of all, you should watch your diet. In our country, many people eat too many foods with a lot of fat and sugar. These foods increase a person's cholesterol levels and chance of a heart attack. Also, fatty deposits can block blood vessels. So, instead, eat lots of chicken, fish, fruits, and vegetables that are good for you. Being overweight makes your heart work too hard.

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