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.
Start Kids Heart Challenge / American Heart Challenge at Your School
For Educators/School Staff Members
For High School Students
Information by School Level
The Kids Heart Challenge prepares elementary students for success by supporting their physical and emotional well-being with essential resources for educators.
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.
Featured Testimonial Videos
Hear from some of our volunteers.
Hear from Superintendent Roland Hernandez about his experience with the AHA
Hear from Amber V about why she loves KHC!
Hear from Anna Claire, American Heart Challenge Ambassador
Nigel and Adam from the American Dance Movement tell you about the American Heart Challenge
Hear from the Superintendent Shawn Smith about his experience with the AHA
Learn Why Kids Heart Challenge Is Perfect for your School
Max L is a coach and 10 year KHC veteran
Hear from Tyler, an American Heart Challenge Ambassador
Hear from Janae J about why she loves KHC
Ryan C. shares about kids learning a heart healthy lifestyle
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.