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Toddler Test Kitchen Relaunch Event at the HHCM

By |July 5th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Toddler Test Kitchen Relaunch Event at the HHCM

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The Halle Heart Children’s Museum recently received new funding from the Sprouts Healthy Community Foundation. To celebrate the support, we hosted a Toddler Test Kitchen Relaunch Event on Monday, June 25th.

The hands-only cooking class was one for the books and an entertaining way to kick off the summer.  Our little chefs received new aprons, learned important kitchen skills and whipped up their very-own summer dish.

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Arizona Gives Day 2018

By |March 26th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Arizona Gives Day 2018

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If you’re reading this, you probably care about making a difference in your community. How do we know? Well, as someone interested in the Halle Heart Children’s Museum, we imagine you understand the importance of educating kids about how to live a heart-healthy lifestyle. The museum does this through school field trips and public hours, during which over 40,000 visitors a year learn not only about the heart and cardiovascular system, but how to keep them healthy through diet, exercise, and not smoking.

Beyond visiting the HHCM, did you know there’s even more you can do to support the American Heart Association’s mission? To help us create a better future for Arizona’s kids, we’d love your participation in a unique statewide giving campaign: Arizona Gives Day.

We’ve been posting quite a bit about Arizona Gives Day on social media, but perhaps you’ve been asking yourself, “What exactly is it? And what does it matter to me?”

Arizona Gives Day is a collaboration between the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits and the Arizona Grantmakers Forum. A one-day push for charitable giving to Arizona nonprofits, it has garnered over $10.1 million in donations since its inception in 2013. Nonprofits account for over 8% of our gross state product and provide 325,000 jobs, making them a major source of economic impact throughout Arizona. Helping the public focus on these organizations for a single day raises awareness about their wonderful impact in our community.

Though Arizona Gives Day takes place for just 24 hours, you can donate any time. Visit https://www.azgives.org/hhcm to make your donation to the Halle Heart Children’s Museum on Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018–or whenever you like, year-round! We thank you in advance for partnering with us. Your generosity truly is the lifeblood of our museum.

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5 Best Valley Hikes for Kids

By |March 12th, 2018|Categories: News, Physical Activity|Tags: , , |Comments Off on 5 Best Valley Hikes for Kids

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With beautiful weather in the air and spring break upon us, now is the time for Valley dwellers to get outside. Working physical activity into your day is a no-brainer in the beautiful Phoenix-area spring. Looking for a way to get your heart rate up in the great outdoors? Why not take advantage of the natural feature that makes our part of the world so appealing: mountains! Hiking is an excellent choice for an aerobic activity that torches calories, fills your lungs with fresh air, and even strengthens your bones.

If you’re a parent, you don’t have to leave kids behind when you hit the trail. The Valley boasts several kid-friendly hikes. Here are five options for kids of various ages.

Silly Mountain

With a name like Silly Mountain, it’s got to be a fun hike for kids. This moderate 2.4 mile loop sits just past Apache Junction, technically a part of the Tonto National Forest. If you go, you’ll have to tell us: just what makes it so silly?

South Mountain Preserve

Dozens of trails criss-cross the heights of South Mountain Preserve, the nation’s largest city park. (Fun fact, right?) It’s not hard to find one that’s kid-friendly, such as the Hidden Valley trail. The moderate climb of this hike makes for a fun outing for older kids. If they’re really adventurous, they might make it through the entire 3.5 miles! No matter how far you get, you’ll enjoy the desert landscape and beautiful vistas of the city below.

Papago Park

The Papago Mountain range is one of Phoenix’s most unmistakable landmarks. With holes dotting its sides, this small range looks a bit like hunks of round red Swiss cheese rising up from the ground. Kids can easily hit the trails here, as their smoothness and small elevation gains make them more of a walk than a hike.

Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch

The Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch is an excellent place to take kids on a walk through wildlife without the steep inclines of a more traditional hike. Get lost in the miles of stroller-friendly trails that offer attractive desert landscape and bird sightings around several small lakes. You may be amazed at all you can see without ever leaving the heart of the East Valley.

Hayden Butte

If you’re new to Phoenix, you might find it odd when you hear locals refer to “A” Mountain. Wait, which mountain is that? Hayden Butte has long been referred to with a single letter that stands for Arizona, as it sits just north of Arizona State University (and is adorned with a giant yellow A). This hike may be rather steep, making it more of a challenge for young walkers, but the ascent is quick. The trail logs in at just under a mile from the mountain’s base to its peak. From your vantage point perched on top, stunning views of the Valley stretch in every direction.



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Summer Events at HHCM

By |June 30th, 2017|Categories: Events, News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Summer Events at HHCM

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For many of us, the beginning of July marks the halfway point of the summer. We’re halfway through time off school, swim lessons, and (thankfully! hopefully?) days in the 120 degree range. Here at the Halle Heart Children’s Museum, now that June is past, we’re looking back fondly on the past month and feeling excited about all the activities to come during the rest of the summer! Here’s a quick recap of the fun events we’ve experienced so far at the museum and several more to come before summer’s end.

So far in June…

Since the start of summer, Camp Heart Beat has been in full swing, with a different theme each week. Campers explore the museum’s 16,000 square feet of interactive exhibits that teach them what it means to live heart-healthy lives. After their tour, our Kids’ Cafe provides campers with a nutritious lunch courtesy of St. Mary’s Food Bank.

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Summer is also the time for Terrific Tuesdays at the museum! Did you know you can get your heart pumping by getting down with your bad self at our weekly dance party? Every Tuesday at 1:00 P.M., join us on the dance floor (yes, a real dance floor!) as we shimmy and shake to upbeat music. We top off the experience with a balloon drop—because, as anyone who has ever danced with balloons knows, it ROCKS!

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Kids Cook with Heart is another HHCM program from the month of June we’re still drooling—er, reminiscing—about. This brand-new monthly class is a great opportunity for school-aged kids! During a 90-minute session, they join a guest chef for a cooking lesson that includes useful, age-appropriate nutrition info. Did we mention it’s free? Register here for upcoming sessions.

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As summer programming adds to our event offerings, that doesn’t mean the HHCM’s beloved regular activities are on hold. Toddler Test Kitchen continues throughout the summer with a 4-week series teaching the youngest chefs the basics of cooking and kitchen safety. And Fridays are as high-energy as ever with Get Moving! and Little Rhythms fitness classes for little ones up to age seven.

Still to come in July…

There’s a whole lot more heart-healthy fun to come! Our hearts will go on as four weeks of themed events make up the month of July.

During CPR Super Hero Week (July 5th-8th) real-life superheroes–also known as first responders–will be joining us to share about the amazing work they do in our community. All this week, admission for first responders and their families will be complementary, and our first 300 guests ages 17 and under will receive free superhero capes! (‘Cause who doesn’t want a superhero cape?)

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Kids Move with Heart Week (July 10th-15th) will feature an indoor inflatable obstacle course that proves there’s always a way to have heart-healthy fun, even when it’s boil-an-egg-on-the-sidewalk hot outside.

HHCM visitors always enjoy our exhibit about animal hearts…but what about dinosaur hearts? Dinosaur Discovery Week (July 17th-21st) promises to be a roaring good time as we uncover the cardiovascular systems of prehistoric creatures.

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Join us for thought-provoking lessons on practicing green living during “Our Planet, Ourselves” Sustainability Week (July 24th-29th), where we’ll learn how the health of our hearts and the health of our planet go hand in hand.

Last but not least, all programs from June–Camp Heart Beat, Terrific Tuesdays, Kids Cook with Heart, Toddler Test Kitchen, and Little Rhythms/Get Moving!–continue through the month of July. Every day of summer is a new chance to explore healthy lifestyles at the Halle Heart Children’s Museum!


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Kids Cook With Heart

By |June 21st, 2017|Categories: Events, Health & Nutrition, News|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Kids Cook With Heart

If you’re a frequent visitor to the Halle Heart Children’s Museum or follow us on social media, you may have heard of our popular Toddler Test Kitchen program, in which little ones learn to cook simple, healthy recipes in a fun, hands-on environment.

But do toddlers get to have all the cooking fun at the HHCM?

No way! We’re excited to share that now kids ages 7-12 have a cooking program of their own in the museum’s Kitchen Cafe. Chefs-in-training are invited to join Kids Cook with Heart, a brand-new series sponsored by the Junior League of Phoenix. One Saturday a month, elementary-age students can join in an hour and a half session that incorporates healthy eating education with cooking age-appropriate nutritious recipes.

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The HHCM believes that it’s never too early to start a lifetime of heart health. Research shows that the more people cook for themselves, the healthier they are likely to be. If kids in this formative grade school age group can learn the valuable skills of cooking healthy meals in the home kitchen (and share this knowledge with their families), they’ll have a head start on the prevention of obesity, cardiovascular disease, and stroke. Children in underserved communities are particularly vulnerable to increased risk of these health issues, which is part of the reason Kids Cook with Heart is totally FREE! Anyone can join by registering HERE.

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Our first session of the program kicked off this past Saturday, June 17th. A kitchen full of junior chefs was instructed by guest chef Ellen from The Farm at South Mountain, a local establishment known for its commitment to sustainable, seasonal foods. A spirit of culinary adventure prevailed, as Chef Ellen invited students to try some unusual veggies—a Persian cucumber and Zebra Stripe and Indigo Rose heirloom tomatoes. These seasonal delights were included as ingredients in the Summer Corn Salad on the menu for the day. Nothing says summer like grilled corn!

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Throughout the course of the class, junior chefs were given the responsibility of cooking ears of corn on a grill (no small task even for adults), chopping additional ingredients to add to the mix, and honing their chefs’ palates by tasting and adjusting seasonings like lime juice, salt, and pepper.

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In addition to the hands-on cooking portion of the experience, our budding chefs took a break from the kitchen and participated in one of our favorite museum activities, Video Game Olympics, which incorporates physical movement into something all kids love, video games!

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There’s more where this came from! Be sure to secure a spot for your 7-12-year-old child at any of our upcoming dates of Kids Cook with Heart.

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Basic Cardiovascular Sciences Scientific Session Announced

By |June 27th, 2016|Categories: News||Comments Off on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences Scientific Session Announced

Are you a medical professional or someone interested in cardiovascular health? This year, the Basic Cardiovascular Sciences Scientific Session is happening in sunny Phoenix, AZ, July 18 – July 21. There’s a lot planned this year, please take a look at the Program Schedule to see which Session may be right for you.

We also have some of the many wonderful presenters** lined up that you don’t want to miss:
Steven R. Houser, PhD, FAHA, Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
Brian Kobilka, MD, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA
Sean M Davidson, The Hatter Cardiovascular Institute, London, UK
Julio C.V. Ferriera, PhD, University of Sao Paolo, Sao Paolo, Brazil
**speakers are confirmed but subject to change

There’s still time to get great rates to enjoy the Sessions and you fellow colleagues. Please spread the word to get registered.

Tap the hyperlink for more information about the BCVS Council

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Lub Dub’s Family-Friendly Challenge

By |September 24th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Lub Dub’s Family-Friendly Challenge

Logo-300x284 Lub Dub's Family-Friendly ChallengeFall is here and outdoor temperatures are taking a welcomed decline. Every year, as the weather cools, families get excited as outdoor activities resume. This November 7th, we invite you and your family, your neighbors, churches and community groups to come together to enjoy a fun and FREE event.

Lub Dub’s Healthy Heart Challenge is a friendly competition among teams consisting of both children and adults. Teams of 2-6 members will “race” between 10 activity stations located around the museum’s Tempe neighborhood where they will complete a task that emphasizes a key learning from the museum, such as making smart food choices, exercising, not using tobacco and more. The challenge will be followed by a festival in and around the museum. Teams will compete for exciting prizes all while learning to be heart healthy.

The event is FREE! Learn more and sign up at www.heart.org/lubdubchallenge

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Barrow’s Self-Empowerment Education Day for Stroke Survivors & Caregivers

By |July 29th, 2015|Categories: Events, News|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Barrow’s Self-Empowerment Education Day for Stroke Survivors & Caregivers

Are you a stroke survivor? Are you a caregiver or family member to someone who is a stroke survivor? The Barrow welcomes all stroke survivors and their families to join this conference on Saturday, September 12th from 8:30am to 3:30pm.  This educational event is specially designed for stroke survivors and caregivers who are looking for community resources to help with post-stroke care.  Presentations will cover topics for both survivors and caregivers, together and separately.  Highlights include: Home Modifications, Technology, Intimacy, Finances, etc.  For a $10 entry fee, each attendee will receive breakfast, lunch, entry to all presentations, and a goody bag. Click here for the full event schedule. 

RSVP to 602-406-3067 or click this link to register: http://www.thebarrow.org/Conferences_And_Symposia/index.htm

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Volunteers Needed!

By |May 29th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: |Comments Off on Volunteers Needed!

The Halle Heart Children’s Museum is beautifying our Group Entrance and we need your help! We need three to five volunteers to help us from 9am to 4pm for two separate days. The first day will be cleaning and preparing the area for painting on the second day. If you love to paint rooms in your house or just want to help us make the Group Entrance beautiful and inviting, we would love your help!

When: Monday, June 8th
Time: 9am – 4pm
Where: Halle Heart Children’s Museum | 2929 S. 48th Street, Tempe, AZ 85282
Note: Please wear clothes that you don’t mind getting paint on.

Need: 3-5 volunteers for the full day or half day


When: Tuesday, June 9th
Time: 9am – 4pm
Where: Halle Heart Children’s Museum | 2929 S. 48th Street, Tempe, AZ 85282
Note: Please wear clothes that you don’t mind getting paint on.

Need: 3-5 volunteers for the full day or half day

Please send an e-mail to hhcm@heart.org or call 602.414.2800 if you are interested in volunteering.

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Halle Heart Children’s Museum Now Summer Feeding Site

By |May 28th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Halle Heart Children’s Museum Now Summer Feeding Site

For the past two years the Halle Heart Children’s Museum has partnered with St. Mary’s Food Bank  Alliance through its Kids Café Summer Food Service Program for Children to offer a heart-healthy meal to Camp Heart Beat Campers.

This year, we are expanding to become a full summer feeding site and offer lunch six days a week to children and teens looking for a summer meal they typically receive at a school location during the school year.

One in four children in Arizona live in poverty on a daily basis and do not know where their next meal is coming from. Each day, the Kids Café Program of St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance distributes more than 3,000 late afternoon meals to kids who may not have anything waiting for them at home that night. A sandwich. A piece of fruit. A small carton of milk. Things so many of us take for granted each day – but these items are the difference between going to bed hungry or happy.

Heart-healthy meals will be made available FREE to all eligible children and teens who are 18 years of age and under daily (Monday – Saturday) from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. In addition, Kids Café children and teens will not only receive a FREE heart-healthy meal, they will also receive FREE museum admission.

Kids Café Meal Distribution (Beginning June 1)
Monday – Saturday | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Daily

Meals will be made available free to all eligible children at the open sites who are 18 years of age and under, within the approved geographical area, and without discrimination against any child because of race, color, national origin, sex age or disability.  Any person who believes that he/she has been discriminated against in any USDA related activity should write immediately to the Secretary of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20250. See the full list of Summer Feeding sites here: http://www.azsummerfood.gov/food-site-locations