The inaugural 2011 ‘Healthy Heart Awards’ have been announced at a Symposium on Exercise and Cardiovascular Health organised in London by the Cardiovascular Research Trust.

The overall 2011 award and best secondary school award went to the Enterprise Club of the Joseph Leckie CTC, Walsall. Best primary school award went to Forsbrook Primary, Stoke-on-Trent. And a ‘highly commended’ award went to Hill West Primary School, Sutton Coldfield.

The Cardiovascular Research Trust, supported by HTI, launched these new awards for schools and colleges in November 2010. The challenge for entrants to the ‘Healthy Heart Awards’ was to develop ideas for interactive educational ‘Healthy Heart’ programmes. The aim of the award is to engage young and older school and college students in their health.

Entries were to consist of original material and could include: a logo; pictures and names for suggested characters; text and images for and about helpful messages about health and the heart, favourite sports and activities, healthy foods and how they can help the heart, unhealthy things to avoid, how unhealthy things can harm the heart, heart problems; questions and quizzes; outlines for moving picture sequences for games to link any of the above; other ideas which could add to an educational ‘Healthy heart’ game.

The organisers hoped that participating children and students would enjoy taking part, and that the Awards would provide an innovative opportunity for teaching and learning relevant to the curriculum, both for science and health.

Award winning schools and colleges will have their entries incorporated into an ‘app’ to help children and young people around the world to find out more about the heart and how to keep it as healthy as possible.

Mrs Emma Hindmarch, Year 6 Teacher at Forsbrook in the West Midlands, winner of the Primary School category in the 2011 Healthy Heart Awards, said, “We are absolutely thrilled to have won the Healthy Heart Primary School Award. The children really enjoyed researching good and bad things about the heart.  It was also a fun way for them to work together to revise the school’s science curriculum.”

Khadeim. Year Six, Hillwest Primary, said: ‘I was really excited to be able to enter this competition which involved us developing an app that could help other children realise what is needed for a healthy heart.’
Emily. Year Six, Hillwest Primary added: ‘The whole experience was incredibly informative, I learnt a lot moreover I am happy to be educating other children in an exciting way via an app.’

Mrs Diane Hardeman, the Teaching Assistant who coordinated the Hillwest emtry, said ‘The competition enabled our pupils to use their scientific knowledge in a fun and exciting way. It is wonderful to see their efforts have been acknowledged furthermore we all look forward to seeing the app once it has been developed.’

Entries for the 2012 Healthy Heart Awards open 1st October, 2011.

Winners of the The 2012 Healthy Heart Awards will be announced in Summer 2012 in London at a Symposium on Cardiovascular Health organized by the Cardiovascular Research Trust

For more information, contact the organisers at cvrtrust@gmail.com

The Cardiovascular Research Trust, founded in 1996, is a charity which promotes research and education for the prevention and treatment of disorders of the heart and circulation.

Heads, Teachers and Industry, in existence for 25 years is an educational charity which brings together schools and businesses to support the next generation in getting the education they deserve.