Heart-Healthy Easter Celebration tips from the American Heart Association

By Anya DeLacey – Connecticut Communications Intern 

As spring blooms and Easter approaches, the American Heart Association has heart-healthy tips for those who celebrate.

Easter is a time for renewal, reflection, and spending quality time with loved ones. Make this Easter season not only full of joy and festivities but also focused on heart health and well-being.

Easter Egg Hunt for Heart Health:

Instead of filling Easter eggs with sugary treats, consider incorporating heart-healthy alternatives. Fill plastic eggs with small toys, stickers, or even nuts and dried fruits for a nutritious and fun twist. Encourage children to stay active by organizing an Easter egg hunt in the backyard or local park. This activity promotes physical activity and family bonding while keeping the focus on health.


Heart-Healthy Easter Meal Ideas:

Easter often involves a delicious feast with family and friends. Make your Easter meal heart-healthy by incorporating nutritious and flavorful dishes. Opt for lean proteins like grilled chicken or turkey, plenty of colorful vegetables, and whole grains. Incorporate fresh fruit salads or fruit platters as a refreshing dessert option. Remember to hydrate with water or unsweetened beverages to stay well-hydrated throughout the day.

Get Moving with Easter Activities:

Incorporate physical activity into your Easter celebrations by organizing outdoor games for the kids like egg races, sack races, or a friendly game of tag-and you can even join in if you’d like!

Another option is to take a family walk or hike to enjoy the beautiful spring weather and promote cardiovascular health. Whether around the neighborhood, or at Sleeping Giant, you’re sure to have fun! Physical activity is not only beneficial for heart health but also a great way to create lasting memories with loved ones.

Celebrate this special holiday by prioritizing our heart health and well-being. Remember to cherish the moments spent with family and friends, stay active, and make mindful choices that support a healthy heart.