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Healthy Hearts @ School Study

Research project

What is the Healthy Hearts @ School Study?

The number of children with high blood pressure is continually increasing. Having a high blood pressure increases the likelihood of poorer heart health in later life. By checking children’s blood pressure, we can identify these children earlier and help them and their families manage that risk.

The aims of this study are to:

  • determine how best to screen children’s blood pressure through a primary school-based screening program and
  • develop and test a heart health education program.

What is the heart health education program?

The heart health education program will include age-appropriate interactive educational sessions about heart health for students in Grades 3-6. Topics covered may include understanding the structure and function of the cardiovascular system, blood pressure and effective ways to maintain a healthy heart. The package will be co-designed with primary school teachers, PE teachers and researchers at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in focus groups.

Who can take part in the heart health education program focus groups?

Primary school teachers:

  • Currently teaching students in school grades 3-6
  • Previously taught students in school grades 3-6 within the last three years with at least 5 years’ experience overall

Physical education teachers:

  • Currently teaching students in school grades 3-6
  • Previously taught students in school grades 3-6 within the last three years with at least 5 years’ experience overall

What will participating in the focus group involve?

  • Participate in two online 45-minute focus groups with other primary school teachers
  • The first focus group session will involve discussion of your thoughts on what a heart health education program may look like
  • The second focus group session will involve you providing feedback on a heart health education program that has been designed following the initial focus group

How can I find out more?

If you have any questions about this study, please contact the study team at healthy.hearts@mcri.edu.au

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