Initiative Description: American Heart Association’s school-based program HeartPower! focuses strictly on risk factors for heart disease and includes a family component. The HeartPower! kit for grades 3-5 includes a teacher resource book, posters, instructional activities on how the heart works, audiocassette tapes, videocassette tapes, stethoscopes and alcohol swabs. For 30 minutes per week, throughout the 1999-2000 school year, pediatric nursing students from the Ohio State University taught the AHA HeartPower
Study Results: Students who participated in the HeartPower! Program showed improvement (p<0.025) in their knowledge of the cardiovascular system and health risk factors that may lead to heart disease & modest improvement in hypertension
Reference: Skybo T.A., Ryan-Wenger N.A (2002) A school-based intervention to teach third grade children about the prevention of heart disease. Pediatric Nursing. 28(3):223-9, 235.
Level of Evidence: Good