Description: Healthy Hearts is a lifestyle intervention program to promote cardiovascular health among middle-aged women through physical activity and healthy eating.
Curriculum/program overview: Healthy Hearts program was developed by researchers at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science at Tufts University.
The program includes women aged 40 or older with a body mass index (BMI: weight in kg divided by height in meters squared) of greater than 24. The intervention consists of classes twice a week for 12 weeks with physical activity and dietary components. In the physical activity component, women work their way up to 30 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous aerobic activity and are encouraged to increase lower-intensity lifestyle physical activity outside of the class. During the dietary portion of the class, women learn healthy eating patterns, self-monitoring of food intake, and building skills for meal preparation, supermarket shopping, restaurant eating and hands-on recipe preparation in small groups.
Contact person: Sarah March
Evaluation tool: extension.missouri.edu/hes/evaluation/evaluationforms.htm
Suggested fee range: $25-40, Sponsorships may be used to reduce participant fees or provide scholarships. $5 State Base Fee