Kids Heart Challenge & American Heart Challenge

Schools across the country are developing happy and healthy students prepared to physically and emotionally conquer the world.

About the Challenge

For nearly 50 years, the American Heart Association has been partnering with educators in elementary, middle and high schools across the nation to help educate students about healthy living.

The Kids Heart Challenge and American Heart Challenge are service-learning based fundraising programs that give students the opportunity to feel good, while doing good. It’s a way for students to better their life — all while changing someone else’s.

Students, families and staff will also learn valuable life skills, including how to make smart food choices, the importance of avoiding vaping/tobacco and the lifesaving skill of Hands-Only CPR.

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Information by School Level

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Elementary Schools

The Kids Heart Challenge prepares elementary students for success by supporting their physical and emotional well-being with essential resources for educators.

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Middle & High Schools

The American Heart Challenge focuses on what matters most to educators and parents of middle and high school students: preparing them for success by strengthening their physical and emotional well-being.

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Hear from some of our volunteers.

Why Should Your School Participate?

Curriculum and resources that are engaging and age-appropriate, including STEAM lesson plans, social and emotional learning, and physical activity videos.

Rewards for students, ranging from physical and digital items to experiences, scholarships and leadership volunteer hours.

Rewards for schools, including US Games certificates and up to $2,500 in grant funding.

Students will learn how to make healthy lifestyle choices and improve and maintain their mental well-being.

Students will learn empathy through volunteerism and service learning.

Turnkey and flexible program that can be completed in 2-4 weeks and is easily executed in both in-person and virtual school formats.

Everyone will have lots of fun and raise funds to save lives!

Learn More About the Experience

Support our Youth Initiatives

Students around the country are getting active, learning about heart health, and raising money to fight heart disease and help save lives.

Is your school already participating in KHC or AHC?

To set up a fundraiser for your elementary school student, use the Kids Heart Challenge link. To set up a fundraiser for your middle/high school student, use the American Heart Challenge link.

Diverse high school student girls hugging, posing close together on gym bleachers
Little girl hula hooping at Heart Walk event

Don’t know a student participating in KHC/AHC? Give a gift to support these programs.