The Hope has 55 years of rich history, accomplishments and passion to drive us forward, but this year we are also embracing the “new”, to generate excitement, energy and fresh beginnings for the New Year!
These past few months have been a flurry of activity and we are thrilled with the direction The Hope is going. We have welcomed wonderful new staff members, launched a new website , unveiled a new logo, launched a new Teen Take Heart program in conjunction with Seattle University, initiated a partnership with the Boys & Girls club for our Athlete’s Take Heart Program, and developed a video about The Hope and who we are. We welcome 2015 and are excited to continue to take The Hope out to the community to share our mission of cardiovascular health, prevention research and education. We hope that your new year gets off to a heart healthy start. Here are some ideas to get you started:
The Buddy System – When we have a support system we are more likely to stick to a routine and power though to achieve our goals. This year, create your own buddy system and people to work out with. Not only are you doing something healthy for your body, but you will be spending quality time with friends or family!
Mix It Up – Do you ever feel like you are “stuck in a rut” cooking the same things every week ….meatloaf Monday, taco Tuesday and spaghetti Saturday? Consider trying one new heart healthy recipe a week. Participating in a recipe exchange with friends and family is a great way to expand the weekly menu and also a great way to get your family to try new things! When kids are age appropriate, get them involved in the shopping and cooking, it’s a fun way to build heart healthy habits that will carry them through life.
LOL – As the to-do list grows and with it the responsibilities of everyday life, often times we forget to slow down and enjoy life’s funnier moments. This new year, take the time to put down the smart phone, engage with your community and laugh out loud! Laughing reduced blood pressure and can help realign your perspective on life and what really matters. Plus…isn’t life just more fun when we are laughing?
All of us at The Hope wish you a Happy & Healthy 2015!
Had too much turkey, ham and candy canes this holiday season? We are here for you! We’ve partnered with Uber to help you reach your 2015 fitness and health goals and raise money for The Hope!
Tomorrow, Thursday January 15th, we are bringing UberRESOLUTION to YOU!
HOW IT WORKS:
- Open your Uber app between 11 am & 4 pm
- Request the “RESOLUTION” option in the Uber app!
- Uber will show up with a fitness trainer for a 15 minute FUEL fitness class , Vital Juice 3 pack, a Pivotal Living Fitness Tracker, and some Uber swag! Take the class alone or gather your officemates/roomies and get your fitness on!
- The best part? All the money is going back to Hope Heart, a nonprofit working to eradicate cardiovascular disease in our community.
- COST - $30 for your ondemand New Year’s Resolution
- All the money is donated directly to The Hope Heart Institute
- Interested in donating more? Just let an Uber team member know when you are done sweating out the holiday indulgence, or head to The Hope Heart website to donate!
New to Uber? Download the app with the promo code HOPEHEART. You’ll get $20 off your first ride and Uber will donate $5 back to Hope Heart, it’s a win/win situation!
Want to know more? Head over to the Uber Seattle blog.
We hope you can join in this fun…and fit promotion to support The Hope!
On Wings of Hope Benefit scheduled for February 6, 2015
Are you ready to Rock & Roll? The 27th Annual On Wings of Hope Benefit is on Friday, February 6h at the Showbox SoDo. With a fun cocktail hour, lively auction and dinner, and live entertainment by Spike And The Impalers, it is a night you won’t soon forget. Leave your ball gown and tuxedo at home and pull out your best jeans and rock shirt, and don’t forget your dancing shoes! Tickets are $250 each and sponsorships are available. All proceeds benefit the programs at The Hope Heart Institute.
For ticket or sponsorship information visit: http://www.hopeheart.org/events/ready-to-rock/
Program Highlight– Teen Take Heart™
We are excited to highlight our Teen Take Heart™ program this month and share with you the great work underway by Seattle University (SU) College of Nursing Assistant Professor, and Robert Wood Johnson fellow, Dr. Steven J. Palazzo, and his team. Teen Take Heart is an evidence-based cardiovascular (CV) program that serves high school students at increased risk for cardiovascular disease in underserved communities where educational resources are scarce.
The program consists of a series of innovative and impactful in-class instructional, tablet and kit-based lessons facilitated by high school teachers. The four learning modules incorporate the sciences of cardiovascular structure and function, physiology, disease pathology, nutrition and activity, and systematic inquiry into 18 hours of interactive lessons designed to increase CV knowledge and promote heart-healthy lifestyle behaviors and attitudes.
The curriculum is based on the latest evidenced-based research and current best practice standards and aligns with the Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and state health standards. The materials and teacher training are provided at no cost to participating high schools.
In addition, high school students are encouraged to serve as Healthy Heart Ambassadors to their community; organizing and leading community outreach events at the conclusion of the program that connect individuals and families to CV health-related resources. Exposure to health career options are embedded in the program and discussed throughout the students’ interactions with the program.
The pilot program which launched September 2014 has been underway in 3 Washington High Schools, has served 110 kids to date, and provided 1,980 instructional hours.
“The Teen Take Heart Curriculum is an active curriculum that addresses adolescent cardiac health through the study of the anatomy and physiology of the heart; identification of risk factors for cardiovascular disease; strategies for disease prevention; and the role of scientific inquiry and high engagement of students. The curriculum is contemporary, of high interest and relevance to students, and timely given the increase in heart disease among our nation’s youth.” - Ellen K. Ebert, PhD, Director, Teaching and Learning Science, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
For more information on Teen Take Heart, visit: www.teentakeheart.org