High School Educator Program


High School Lesson Plan

The ♥ of the Matter
Let's Talk about Women's Heart and Vascular Health

For High Schools

This 60-minute Lesson Plan and Educator Toolkit is meant to spark conversation among students, staff, parents/guardians, and the community about women’s heart health and raise the visibility of Wear Red Canada at your school.

This lesson plan targets grade 8 to 12 students and can be adapted to a variety of subjects and levels with the goal of complementing the existing curriculum within your province (e.g. grade 9 science or grade 11 biology, physical education, health).  

See National High School Curriculum Grid based on Province/Territory for more information. 

Disclaimer: This program is not intended to provide medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding your health and medical care.

Learning Goals

At the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

1. Outline the rationale as to why women’s heart and vascular health is important.

2. Describe the anatomy of the heart, different heart and vascular diseases, how women’s hearts are different than men's, how women's symptoms of a heart attack can be different than men's, and what they can do to help.

3. Describe healthy behaviours to encourage the prevention and management of heart and vascular diseases.

4. Identify resources to learn more and the steps for acting and advocating for women’s heart and vascular health at your school and in your community.

Educator Toolkit

Once confirmation has been received, participating educators will receive the following toolkit resources: 

  • Educator Lesson Plan
  • PowerPoint Slide Deck + Embedded Video Link
  • Student Handout
  • Activity Handouts

​Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.