Cardiovascaular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.
Teen Take Heart™ is an evidence-based cardiovascular health promotion and disease prevention program for high-school students. Teen Take Heart develops positive attitudes (beliefs) about health and wellness, creates a learning environment that emphasizes health promotion as a cultural norm, and empowers students to take control over their cardiovascular health.
The program aims to promote wellness and mitigate risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD) through a series of in-class instructional, and hands-on web- and kit-based lessons organized into four learning modules. 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. The program is written in English.
The lessons demonstrate how the Science and Engineering Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Disciplinary Core ideas of the NGSS are integrated into the curriculum. Structure and Function are tied to homeostasis of the cardiac system while students ask questions and generate arguments about their health.
Teen Take Heart partners with under resourced communities at high risk for cardiovascular disease. High school students are coached to serve as Healthy Heart Ambassadors to their community; organize and lead outreach events; and connect individuals, families, and communities to health-related resources.
Additionally, exposure to health career options are embedded in the program and discussed throughout the students’ interactions with Teen Take Heart.