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Youth Take Heart™ is a cutting edge science and health curriculum for 21st century classrooms, created by the Hope Heart Institute through a collaborative effort with the University of Washington’s Engineered Biomaterials, a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center and Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement program, and the Seattle School District teachers.

Youth Take Heart is a four-week, interactive curriculum that focuses on heart anatomy, the causes of cardiovascular disease, prevention of cardiovascular disease through heart-healthy nutrition and physical activity, as well as biotechnological solutions for repairing damaged heart tissue. Youth Take Heart curriculum is designed to promote heart health among middle school-aged youth, and includes pre-and post-unit surveys to assess student knowledge and attitudes. The curriculum includes:

  • Guy Simplant, an Internet-based/CD-ROM program (originally developed by the University of Washington’s Engineered Biomaterials Department) which focuses on exploring ways to repair or replace a heart.
  • An educational, interactive program kit addressing the connections between cardiovascular health and other body systems.
  • The role of science and technology in treating heart and vessel disease, with an emphasis on science and technology career options.
  • Cardiovascular disease risk reduction strategies for youth.

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

If you are a teacher or an administrator and would like more information about a free Youth Take Heart training and how to reserve a free kit, contact Karishma Chainani at kchainani@hopeheart.org at 425-456-8717.

Youth Take Heart Reach
| through 2013
# of school districts | 18
# of private schools | 7
# of teachers trained | 66
# of students instructed | 14,680

Youth Take Heart Teacher's Manual

Youth Take Heart Overview - IMAGE





Youth Take Heart Program Overview