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Kids Take Heart

Kids Take Heart™ is a school-based curriculum targeting anatomy, fitness, nutrition, stress and goal-setting. It was developed in 2005 as a tool to equip children in 3rd-5th grades to make healthy lifestyle choices that reduce their likelihood of chronic disease later in life. It was developed and piloted by certified teachers in nearly 20 districts and 650 classrooms.

Kids Take Heart™ aligns with national and state standards for health and fitness and is a tool teachers can use to ensure developmentally appropriate, standards-based instruction is provided to students. The Kids Take Heart program is a two month, interactive curriculum that can be used in traditional classroom settings, physical education classes, or adapted for community outreach.

In 2008, in partnership with The Center for Research and Learning, the KTH curriculum underwent a formal evaluation. Students from participating schools were asked to respond to questions on a pre/post student survey concerning awareness, interest, knowledge, and demographics. Survey results indicated students learned new skills and concepts about anatomy, fitness, nutrition, and stress by receiving the curriculum and were able to evaluate this knowledge and create their own goals to apply at school and home.

If you are a teacher or an administrator and would like more information about KTH training and materials contact Karishma Chainani at kchainani@hopeheart.orgor 425-456-8717.

2015/2016 Impact 

46 schools
6,753 students reached
102,983 instructional hours

2016/2017 Participating Schools

Boys & Girls Club, Skagit Club - Swinomish Tribe
Cottonwood Elementary
East Ridge Elementary
Muckleshoot Tribal School
Mountain View Elementary
Our Lady of the Lake
Rock Creek Elementary
Sawyer Woods Elementary
Seahurst Elementary School


Why Kids Take Heart?

  • Among obese children 5 to 10 years of age, 60% already have at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol levels, high triglycerides, and high blood pressure. Sources; American Academy of Pediatrics, The Centers for Disease Control, The 2014 United States Report Card on Physical Activity for Children & Youth.
  • The percentage of children and teens who are overweight has more than doubled in the past 30 years. Today, about 17% of American children ages 2 to 19 are overweight.
  • Most young people in the US do not meet the recommendations for eating 2 ½ cups to 6 ½ cups of fruits and vegetables each day.
  • Only ¼ of US youth meet the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity per day.

Kids Take Heart Teacher's Manual

Kids Take Heart Overview - IMAGE





Kids Take Heart Program Overview