BTG Heart Smart Event
Philadelphia's Annual Heart Smart event takes place at Thomas Jefferson University, midway through the program. The function 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 event, 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 event day, all the posters created by the community organizations are displayed and attendees vote on their favorites. The three winners of the 2017 Heart Smart Poster Contest are To Our Children’s Future with Health; Philadelphia FIGHT, C a Difference; and Youth Emergency Services. Each winning organization is offered a $100 prize.
“This week I had the opportunity to facilitate an experiential arts based presentation with some of the students [clients] at Philadelphia Futures for the Heart Smart reception. After much brainstorming, the students decided to create a 3D representation of what being “heart smart” meant to them. It started with a visual cut out of the heart on colored plastic material sheet that they decorated with words of foods that are healthy for the heart. They then decided to construct this heart into a balloon shape which was filled with air. It was suggested that I choreograph ...a short hip-hop routine to Kanye West’s “Heartless.” The dancers simulate beating up an unhealthy heart at the end and wave red flags to symbolize the heart growing stronger and healthier with awareness.”
“One of my fondest memories was teaching them about the heart. I believe that we built upon their knowledge and made an impact such that they now know what it means to be “Heart Smart.”
- BTG Student Interns
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