Healthy Heart Schools’ Program

Heart Niagara’s Healthy Heart Schools’ Program was established in 1987.  The program works with local schools to deliver lifesaving and disease prevention education to students in grades 5, 7 and 9.

What happens during the program?

Day 1:  Assessment:  The students will have their height, weight, waist circumference and blood pressure measured by Heart Niagara’s professional health team.  Grades 5 and 9 students will also receive a non-fasting blood test (finger prick) for total and HDL cholesterol testing.  The results are used to help educate students about heart disease risk factors and the importance of living a heart healthy lifestyle.

Day 2:  CPR and AED Training:  Each student will learn how to perform adult and child CPR and how to respond during a choking emergency.  They will also learn how to use an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) and why these units are critical in the “Chain of Survival.”

Why is this program important?

Over the years, more than 60,000 students have been visited through a partnership between Heart Niagara, Niagara Regional Public Health and each of the school boards.

“Results demonstrate that earlier intervention is a key factor to support adolescents in making positive lifestyle choices,” said Karen Stearne, Heart Niagara’s executive director.

Heart Niagara delivers programs in over 30 secondary and 100 elementary schools in Niagara reaching more than 6,000 families annually.

The Healthy Heart Schools’ Program is a made in Niagara solution!

For further information about the Healthy Heart Schools’ Program CLICK HERE!


Heart Niagara relies on community events, donations and grants to continue our investment in the health of Niagara kids and their families.

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