The healthy heart charity the Cardiovascular Research Trust established Healthy Heart Poetry in partnership with the Hippocrates Initiative. The aim of the Healthy Heart Poetry initiative is to encourage interest among children of all ages in lifestyle that helps to keep the heart healthy.
We thought that writing poems on keeping the heart healthy and planning and writing heart healthy recipes would form excellent themes for a school lesson on a number of subject areas.
Selected poems are published in an anthology, the first of which, Love your Heart, was published on 4th December 2014. Entries are open for poems from children for consideration for the 2015 Healthy Heart Poetry anthology, deadline 1st July 2015.
There is an annual Healthy Heart Poetry event at which the Healthy Heart Poetry Anthology is launched, the children have the opportunity to read their poems from the published Anthology, and Healthy Heart Awards are presented to participating schools.
The 2014 Healthy Heart Poetry event took place in London on 4th December and included the launch by poets Wendy French and Rebecca Goss of the Love your Heart anthology of poems on the heart by children for children, presentation of Healthy Heart Awards to 19 schools, and readings by poet Lynne Hjelmgaard from Dannie Abse’s final collection Speak Old Parrot.
2014 Healthy Heart Awards - London, 4th December
Healthy Heart Poetry publications
Love your Heart: An anthology of poems by children for children about heart health.
Edited by Wendy French and Rebecca Goss with notes on heart health by Donald Singer
64 pages. ISBN 978-0-9572571-4-6
Published by The Hippocrates Press, London: 4th December, 2014.
Order Love your Heart online
Healthy Heart Awards for schools
Schools participating in our Healthy Heart initiative receive a Healthy Heart Award certificate to recognize their interest in education about how to keep the heart healthy.
YouTube videos of Healthy Heart Poetry by schools