Reporter-Herald: Healthy Hearts program empowers students

UCHealth partners with school district to teach 5th-graders about heart health.
March 4, 2015

By Jeannie Lancaster, For the Reporter-Herald

Two fifth-grade classes at Berthoud Elementary filled nearly every inch of Cynthia Glynn’s classroom recently. One might expect wiggles, laughter and talking among the students, but this was a surprisingly engaged and attentive group. They were excited to learn.

The 66 students were attending the third session of the Healthy Hearts program, a community service of the University of Colorado Health (UCHealth) and brainchild of UCHealth cardiologist, Dr. Gary Luckasen.

In the fall of 2014, UCHealth provided a day-long training at Medical Center of the Rockies for all Thompson R2-J fifth-grade teachers. The training covered the district’s fifth-grade health and science standards and how those standards are addressed by specialists in the area. The Healthy Hearts Program was among many topics presented that day.

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UCHealth is an innovative, nonprofit health system that delivers the highest quality medical care with an excellent patient experience. With 24,000 employees, UCHealth includes 12 acute-care full-service hospitals and hundreds of physicians across Colorado, southern Wyoming and western Nebraska. With University of Colorado Hospital on the Anschutz Medical Campus as its academic anchor and the only adult academic medical center in the region, UCHealth pushes the boundaries of medicine, providing advanced treatments and clinical trials and improving health through innovation.