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Resources for Schools, Colleges, and Universities

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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 and to develop action plans for improving student health. It also 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® Educational Modules: Fellowship Module 

The Ohio State University’s Colleges of Nursing, Pharmacy and Medicine have constructed a Million Hearts® Fellowship educational module to assist with education and implementation of the Million Hearts® initiative. This module targets interdisciplinary teams of health sciences’ students and health care professionals and educates them on how to conduct, interpret, and triage Million Hearts® screenings in the community setting. The overall goal of the educational module is to educate health care professional students and health care professionals on the Million Hearts® initiative, increase Million Hearts® screenings and education nationwide, and improve population cardiovascular health.

By making small changes each day and sustaining them over time, we can help prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2022. Join the National Interprofessional Education and Practice Consortium to Advance Million Hearts® and prevent one million heart attacks and strokes.

Instructions on how to access the Online Million Hearts® Fellowship Educational Module are available on the Ohio State University Million Hearts® Educational Modules’ website.

Tobacco Free Colleges and Universities

Across the state of Florida and around the country, students, faculty, and staff are leading efforts to make their campuses smokefree. Tobacco free college campuses reduce secondhand smoke exposure, significantly change attitudes toward tobacco, increase utilization of cessation resources, and contribute to declines in cigarette smoking prevalence among students, faculty, and staff.

You can use the College and University Tobacco Policies in Florida Map to explore Florida College and University tobacco policies.

More information on Smokefree and Tobacco-Free U.S. and Tribal Colleges and Universities is available on the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation (ANRF) Colleges’ website.

To learn more about becoming a tobacco free campus, Tobacco Free Florida can help. Visit Tobacco Free Florida’s Tobacco Free College Webpage and get in touch with your local Tobacco Prevention Program for free resources and technical support.