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Resources for Schools and Colleges

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School Health Index 

It is important to focus on preventing heart disease at early ages starting with physical activity and healthy eating. First, start a wellness work group representing teachers, staff, parents and students to conduct the School Health Index (SHI). This tool, developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, enables schools to identify strengths and weaknesses of health and safety policy programs, develop action plans for improving student health and engages teachers, parents, students and the community in promoting health enhancing behaviors. Focusing on physical activity and healthy eating in children can contribute to preventing the onset of heart disease later in life. To learn more about this free online tool please visit:

Ohio State University Million Hearts Fellowship 

The Ohio State University’s Colleges of Nursing, Medicine and Pharmacy has constructed a Million Hearts educational module to assist with education and implementation of this initiative. This module targets current healthcare students and educates them about the ABCS of the Million Hearts® Initiative.

The overall goal of the educational module is to educate health care students and health care professionals on the Million Hearts initiative, increase Million Hearts screenings and education nationwide, and improve population cardiovascular health.

Professors, encourage your students to sign up and contribute to preventing one million heart attacks and strokes by the end of 2017.

Tobacco Free Colleges 

Across the state and around the country, students, faculty and staff are leading efforts to make their campuses smokefree. At least 1,713 colleges and universities in the United States have 100 percent smokefree campuses, and 1,427 of those are tobacco free. Tobacco free college campuses send a clear message about the dangers of tobacco use and secondhand smoke.

To learn more about becoming a smokefree campus please visit: