Heart Smart

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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 three winners of the 2014 Heart Smart Poster Contest were Earth's Keepers, Centro Nueva Creación and Gaudenzia, Inc. Each winning organization receives a $100 prize.

2013 Heart Smart Dinner Poster Contest Winners

2013 Heart Smart Dinner Poster Contest Winners

Since last week, the kids have been working on their Heart Smart poster. We had them brainstorm ideas and we were able to integrate them by having the students make a magazine collage of good and bad things to do and eat for good heart health. With a huge anatomical heart that opens to reveal the inner workings of the heart, we had the students write what motivates them to keep their heart healthy. This I feel is often overlooked when discussing heart health. Obviously it's a good thing to be healthy, but by having our students identify why, I feel as though it gave them a more conceivable reason for being healthy." - BTG Student Intern


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