Heart Health Youth Leadership

Organization Sponsor: Toronto Heart Health Partnership

Organization Partner: Toronto Public Health


Program Description

The Toronto Heart Health Partnership (South Region) developed this elementary school level Youth Leadership program with funds from the Ontario Ministry of Health, Heart Health Program. Students in grades 6-8 were educated about the importance of physical activity, healthy eating and not using tobacco. Following this general education, students are recruited for leadership training. Interested leaders are trained in a 6 week after school program to develop leadership skills in heart health. They learn different strategies for promoting physical activity, health eating, and smoke-free living.

The trained student leaders develop and implement heart health activities for peers within their schools.

For more information, please contact:

Patty Ward
Phone: 416 392 0898
Email: [email protected]

Funding Sources: 

Ontario Ministry of Health, Heart Health Program

Strategies For Sustainability: 

This is a collaborative program that uses a partnership model involving Toronto Public Health, Toronto Parks & Recreation, Toronto Catholic District School Board and the Toronto District School Board.

Impact Of Program: 

After three years of program development and implementation, the YLP Workgroup has completed a manual and developed a logic model.

Evaluation Tools: 

The YLP Workgroup is currently planning a formative evaluation of the program. Phase 1 was an evaluation with student peer leaders. Phase 2 will be an evaluation with program partners.

Key Elements Towards Success: 

Partnership between Public Health, Boards of Education and Parks and Recreation;
Youth leaders must plan and implement a heart health initiative within their school community following their training.

Challenges To Meet Them: 

This program depends on many volunteers.

Length and Stage of Project: 

This project began in 1998.


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