Christiana Care Health System Cardiovascular Outreach Prevention Program (COPP), supported by Connections for Cardiovascular Health: A Program of the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation, celebrated a successful second year on Thursday, April 27, at Paul M. Hodgson Vocational Technical High School in Newark, Del. Over three lunch periods, the 30 students involved with the program educated hundreds of their peers on how to improve heart health by focusing on nutrition and mental health. They served samples of heart-healthy banana smoothies, hummus with pita chips and yogurt parfaits. The teens also created and administered a stress management, nutrition and physical activity trivia game with prizes for the teens swarming the exhibition tables.
“Now I read nutrition labels and eat healthier. My family eats healthier, too. We go for walks after dinner and have started losing weight together,” said one student who had participated in the program.
COPP engages teens to partner with a parent or other important adult in their life to learn about cardiovascular health, gain skills to improve their health and make healthy lifestyle changes. COPP, which incorporates No Heart Left Behind (online heart health education for teen and adult participants), is facilitated in four New Castle County high schools where Christiana Care maintains wellness centers. COPP is included as part of the Camp FRESH program and has reached more than 2,000 teens and adults, and tracked more than 200 participants at Hodgson, Christiana, William Penn, and Howard High School.
Photo gallery: COPP Celebration