BTG Heart Smart Dinner
Philadelphia's Annual Heart Smart Dinner takes place at Thomas Jefferson University midway through the program. The event is designed to raise awareness and understanding of cardiovascular health, while celebrating community involvement in BTG. Students, faculty, community preceptors and some clients from participating community organizations attend.
In the weeks leading up to the dinner, BTG students work with community partners (except at sites where the activity is not appropriate) developing colorful posters that illustrate a heart smart theme. On the night of the dinner, all the posters created by the community organizations are displayed and attendees vote on their favorites. The two winners of the 2015 Heart Smart Poster Contest were East Park Revitalization Alliance (EPRA) and Health Federation, Early Head Start. Each winning organization receives a $100 prize.
“The seniors were all hopeful and excited that we would win [Heart Smart Dinner poster contest], as they contributed heavily to our poster by telling us how they stay heart healthy and writing their responses on the anatomical pieces of the heart.”
“Heart health lesson…I explained the topic using a diagram of a figure eight, with the blood flowing from the heart to the lungs to the heart to the body and then back to the heart. The older children had no problems understanding this pathway, … The younger children, however, were confused about this pathway. Our solution: make the flow of blood into a song. The children helped me to create the “Heart Dance,” which not only got their young bodies moving, but enabled them to understand the concepts from the lesson.”
- BTG Student Interns
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