The free CARDIAC assessment and cholesterol screening is offered to all 5th grade students in participating school districts. This includes screenings for BMI, pre-diabetes, high blood pressure, triglycerides, HDL and LDL cholesterol, and total cholesterol. The screening and assessment take place in the school because it's familiar to the children. Participating students must fast the morning of the screening, however breakfast is offered at the school as soon as the screening is completed.
Healthy Hearts is a web-based instruction module that classroom teachers can use to supplement their current health curriculum. The module helps teachers meet a number of National Standards in the subjects of health, physical education, science, language arts and technology. Healthy Hearts is designed to influence health behaviors related to proper nutrition, physical activity and tobacco avoidance. It helps intermediate grade children (those who are 10-12 years old) gain the knowledge, attitudes and behaviors that lead to wise decisions and healthy lifestyles. Because the module is a web-based tool, students are provided with a range of engaging and interactive learning experiences, regardless of their teacher's health training. They participate in interactive tasks, take quizzes that provide instant feedback, ask and obtain answers to questions from experts, and record and receive feedback about their daily physical activity and diet intake using an online form.
Cardiac Fun is a two-session evening program for children and their parents that focuses on healthy food preparation and physical activity participation. This is offered at the school in a FACS room or a place where there is an accessible kitchen for kids to use. Children and their parents have actual hands-on food preparation activities instructed by a registered dietitian or health professional. Nutrition education is provided during the 1-1/2-hour session emphasizing portion control, heart-healthy foods and decreasing fat and sugar consumption. The other portion of the session focuses on physical activity education: what physical activity is, how long activity should last, overcoming excuses for inactivity, and participation in physical activity.