By Sophia Kim
As October rolls around, most CRN students are finally settled into their classes and daily routines. At this point, many may be looking for some extracurricular activities that they would enjoy participating in. One club at our school that you may not be familiar with is the American Heart Association Club.
The AHA Club was introduced to CRN late last school year. It promotes heart health to children in our community and mainly focuses on emphasizing the importance of healthy exercise and eating habits to prevent heart conditions.
The club visits daycares in our community about every other month in order to teach children through hands-on activities.
Founder and president of the club Sanjana Harihar says that the club gives students an opportunity "to positively reinforce healthy habits in the kids [they] meet at the daycares."
In past daycare visits, members of the club participated in “food sorts” with the kids to teach them about choosing healthy meals and games such as freeze-dance to encourage physical activity.
Harihar says that she was prompted to form the club because she has loved ones who struggle with heart disease. She believes that educating young children in particular is a valuable experience because it can help them “build strong habits that will benefit their heart health in the future.”
If you are interested in joining the American Heart Association Club, contact Sanjana Harihar through her school email address or Ms. D-V from the library. The club meets once a month in the library.
Here are some tips that can help you easily add healthy heart habits into your daily life: