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Enjoy The Pacific Northwest One Hike At a Time

We love the Northwest and are so lucky to be surrounded by natural beauty from the mountains to the oceans! For most people, warm sunny days usually include spending more time outdoors.   Whether it involves trips to the beach, hiking, hosting barbeques, or going on vacations—summer is a great time to increase your physical activity and spend some quality time with friends and family!

Need some ideas for healthy summer activities? There are so many great opportunities in the Pacific Northwest to spend active time outside during the summer. From visiting parks, beaches, hiking trails, mountain biking, swimming, or even golfing!  If you are looking for new hikes to try this summer, be sure to check out the Washington Trails Association website at www.wta.org.  This website lists all of the hikes in Washington and also provides pictures, the intensity level of the hike, type of terrain, driving directions, and condition reports from hikers who visited the area recently.

If you have kids, consider visiting a new park each week.  Every park has something unique to offer and the kids will be entertained for hours…not to mention getting great exercise and an appreciation for nature. Here are some links to the local parks in the Puget Sound area.

King County Parks & Recreations  http://www.kingcounty.gov/recreation/parks.aspx

Pierce Country Parks & Recreation



Back To School with Take Heart Programs


The majority of heart disease in our country can be prevented if healthy lifestyles are adopted at a young age. The Hope is working upstream to lessen the burden of heart disease through our in-school Take Heart education programs. These programs incorporate the latest next-generation science and health standards and are inspiring youth throughout our community. To date, The Hope education programs have reached 280,000 individuals!

Our Take Heart programs educate young people about how to prevent heart disease. When we teach students how their bodies work and ways they can make healthier choices, we can make great strides in breaking the cycle of disease and creating healthier generations. All of our programs are  targeted toward low-resource schools and communities at high risk for cardiovascular disease.

Kids Take Heart™ - 31,706 students reached across 32 school districts. 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.

Youth Take Heart™ - 18,261 students reached across 32 school districts. 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.

Teen Take Heart™ - Implemented in 11 high schools in 11 school districts. Teen Take Heart is a science-based cardiovascular program for high-school students. The program aims to promote wellness and prevent cardiovascular disease through a series of in-class instructional and kit-based lessons. Teen Take Heart™ incorporates the sciences of anatomy, physiology, and disease pathology, into engaging learning sessions to promote heart-healthy lifestyle choices, based on current best practice standards.

If you know of a district, school or teacher in Washington State that would be interested in our curriculum, please contact: kchainani@hopeheart.org.


Volunteer Profile: Ruchi Charekar

Charekar, RuchiWe are thrilled to highlight our amazing volunteer, Ruchi Charekar!

Ruchi has always taken an interest in nutritional education for all ages and prior to coming to the United States, she worked with UNICEF and the public health sector of the government in India in efforts to eradicate malnutrition. Since February 2016, Ruchi dedicates her time volunteering at The Hope assisting our education team with outreach event and research and enjoys participating at family health and fitness nights.

Ruchi feels like she can utilize her skills to the fullest, offer new ideas, and involve herself in many parts of the organization. This has helped her feel even more welcome in the United States. “I proudly say I volunteer at the Hope,” states Ruchi.

Thank You Ruchi for all of her contributions, hard work, and enthusiasm you bring to The Hope!

Upcoming Events

Take Heart Luncheon

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Sheraton Seattle Hotel

Transform habits to live a lifestyle that honors you! Join the movement to end cardiovascular disease as the #1 killer in America by equipping yourself and our community with the education, support and resources needed to live a healthy, fit and joyful life.

Please visit here for Reservations and Sponsorship information.


Woodinville-to-Redmont Wine and Beer Country Half



Volunteers needed!  The Hope is a charity partner of the September 17 Woodinville – to – Redmond Wine and Beer Country Half Marathon and we invite you to volunteer.  Not only will you have a lot of fun, but your volunteer time will result in a $50 donation to The Hope from Destination Races.  Choose one or more shifts, invite your friends and family to join you, and support The Hope!

Learn more and register as a volunteer at Woodinville-to-Redmond Wine and Beer Country Half Marathon  http://www.hopeheart.org/events/woodinville-to-redmond-wine-beer-country-half-marathon/


Shop for a cause at J. Crew!

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The Hope is thrilled to be the beneficiary of the J. Crew, University Village in-store shopping event!

August 8, 6pm – 8pm.

Enjoy cocktails, snacks and shopping for a cause!

J. Crew, 2660 NE University Village Street, Seattle





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