The American Heart Association’s (AHA) Kids Heart Challenge program starts next week at BFA. This program is a great opportunity for elementary students to learn, serve and make a difference in fighting our nation’s #1 health crisis – heart diseases and stroke. Here’s what you’ll want to know before we begin:
  • Your kids will learn the following from six Heart Heroes:  the importance of moving more, adding color to their plates, staying away from tobacco – and, new this year – how to be ready, be kind and help others. 
  • Your kids will get to raise awareness and funds for the American Heart Association by sharing what they are learning with the people who support them the most – either face-to-face or using technology tools like the AHA’s app, emails, and social media.
  • Your kids will earn rewards – the more they do, the more they will receive.
Get Ready: download the app Kids Heart Challenge, or go to www.heart.org/KHC to sign-up! (INSTANTLY receive a wristband with a leadership message on kick-off day the next day!) 
 
Conversation Prompt:  When your elementary students come home with their envelopes – ask them which Challenge they want to take (be prepared, be active, be kind) and discus the benefits of each. Also, you may want to have an age appropriate discussion about the effect of heart disease and stroke within your family and how you can work together to prevent it.
 
Finally, the AHA wants to make sure you know some great news–as of Sept 1, 2019, no one in Colorado can purchase tobacco products until they are 21 years old. This will prevent thousands of high school students from starting the habit and curb the high school and middle school vaping epidemic that grew 78 percent last school year. This legislation was sponsored by the AHA with funds raised by The Kids Heart Challenge! 
 
Please note, our middle school students can also get involved with all the great things happening at the AHA when they support Dodgeball for Dollars later this spring.