Healthy Heart Lesson Plan

Instructor: Adrianne Baron

Adrianne has a master's degree in cancer biology and has taught high school and college biology.

Students can learn all about maintaining a healthy heart through this lesson plan. They will read and discuss a text lesson and then create their own healthy heart plan.

Lesson Objectives

When students complete this lesson plan, they will be able to:

  • Identify foods and activities that are healthy for the heart
  • Plan a heart healthy lifestyle


1-2 hours

Curriculum Standards


Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to important distinctions the author makes and to any gaps or inconsistencies in the account.


Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., quantitative data, video, multimedia) in order to address a question or solve a problem.



  • Start this lesson by asking your students to tell you what they have eaten for the last 24 hours. Write these on the board.
  • Next, ask your students to let you know what active activities they did in the last 24 hours. Write theses on the board as well. Be sure to include how long they engaged in the activities.
  • Now ask your students what it means to be healthy. Follow this up by asking your students if they are heart healthy.
  • Give out the copies of the Improving Heart Health: Diet and Exercise text lesson to your students. Continue your discussion with your students as you read the lesson as a class.
  • Have a student read the 'What is Heart Health?' section. After that section, ask these questions:
    • What does 'heart healthy' mean?
    • What is the number one cause of death?
  • Have a couple of other students read the 'Diet Changes' section. Then ask these questions:
    • Which fat is the healthy fat?
    • What are some diet changes you could make to be more healthy?
  • Have another student read the 'Exercise Changes' section. Now ask your students:
    • How much moderate-activity exercise do you need to be heart healthy?
    • How many days out of the week should you do strength training?
    • What is something you can start doing now to exercise more?
  • Another student should read the 'Long Term Goals' section. Now discuss these questions:
    • What does 'lifestyle change' mean?
    • How many of you have long-term heart health goals?
  • Read the 'Lesson Summary' to your class. Be sure to emphasize the key terms in the summary.

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