Reporter-Herald: Healthy Hearts program empowers students

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