Hoops for Heart Program

Organization Sponsor: Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia

Organization Partner: Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada


Program Description

Hoops for Heart is a program that gets students out of their seats to sink baskets for a good cause.

Students can earn prizes, schools can earn valuable resources and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia raises funds to continue research into heart disease and stroke.

Geared to students aged 11 to 14, Hoops for Heart teaches kids that an active heart is a healthy heart. With an emphasis on flexibility and fun, the program can be tailored to the needs of your school and students while getting everyone active.

The program teaches students, parents and teachers about heart health living through curriculum approved lesson plans, and class and family activities. Raises funds to make significant contributions towards research and health promotion against the leading cause of death in Canada for men and women.

Gives back to schools by providing needed health material and valuable school resources through the HeartSmartâ„¢ Points program.

Funding Sources: 

Heart and Stroke Foundation Of Manitoba

Strategies For Sustainability: 

This program is inclusive, fun and provides health material and valuable school resources. The participants win prizes.

Impact Of Program: 

Forty Manitoba Schools participate in this program a year. In the US over 7,000 schools have participated since 1995.

Evaluation Tools: 

The number of kids and schools that participate each year in this project.

Key Elements Towards Success: 

This program involves the whole school population. Teacher teach the Heart Health information and students compete and raise money for a good cause while winning prizes.

Challenges To Meet Them: 

Advertising and expanding the number of new schools that will participate in this project.

Length and Stage of Project: 

This program began in 1989 but became a national project in 1995.

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