Healthy Hearts school-based program

“One of the best presentations/activities for kids to have a hands-on learning opportunity! Great program!!” – Conrad Ball, 7th grade teacher

Our school-based program provides heart health education and cholesterol screenings to elementary, middle, and high school students.

To schedule a visit to your school, please contact healthyhearts@uchealth.org or 970-624-1680.

Free heart health screening

Your child has an opportunity to participate in a heart health screening! The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all students, regardless of family history and lifestyle choices, have their cholesterol checked between the ages of 9-11 years and again as a teen.

Permission form: elementary, middle, and high school

Frequently asked questions

Why should my student have their cholesterol screened at school?

The American Academy of Pediatrics states that by the ages of 9-11, all students should know their cholesterol numbers. Healthy Hearts provides a free service during which the student will gain an understanding of their numbers and what they mean for their current and future heart health.

What happens during the cholesterol screening?

Students with written parental permission have the opportunity to sit one-on-one with a trained Healthy Hearts screener to have their cholesterol, blood pressure and BMI checked. Cholesterol is checked using a finger stick. Results are available within minutes and are explained to participants right on the spot.

How is my student’s information kept private?

All information is kept private using HIPAA-compliant processes. You may view results via secure email, mail or in My Health Connection, UCHealth’s free, easy-to-use patient portal.

Healthy Hearts email

  • You will receive your screening results in a safe and secure encrypted email from Zix.
  • When you receive this email, click the grey ‘Open Message’ button.
    • If this is your first time using the UCHealth secure email system, you will need to create a password in order to view the message. (Choose any password you would like.)
    • Note: This email must be opened within 30 days after being sent as it will expire.

 

My Health Connection/EPIC (electronic medical records)

If you opted to have your results entered into your lab results in Epic, view your results anytime by signing into your My Health Connection account.

Need to sign up for My Health Connection? Complete this online sign-up form.

What happens with all of the information?

Aggregate data is used to determine trends in the health of our community. No individual information is shared. Students that are identified with risk factors for heart disease may be invited to additional heart health programs.

My student is concerned about their BMI screened in school. How is that handled?

Student results are kept private. However, students may opt out of any part of the screening with which they are not comfortable.

PDF brochure

Elementary school introduction letter

Middle school introduction letter

High school introduction letter

Schools visited during 2017-18 academic year

2017-18 school year snapshot