Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States – and worldwide – the answer is prevention. Healthy Hearts for Healthy Families is a six-week clinician lead education program to interrupt the pattern of cardiovascular disease in families. Children and parents learn together how to consume more fruits and vegetables, read more food labels, get more exercise and limit sugary drinks. Since 2014, more than 200 families have completed the program and in their pursuit of heart health have lost more than 900 pounds collectively!
The Healthy Hearts program also serves children in public schools. More than 100 schools have participated in the program, educating 12,500 students and providing screening for high cholesterol and obesity to more than half of them. Students participate in 5th, 7th, and 10th grade, learning how to replace poor health habits with healthy ones. Middle and high school students also receive stroke education, hands-only CPR, and AED use. Support of the Healthy Hearts program allows more children and families to learn life-saving information and empowers them to take control of their heart health.