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Heart Smart is a 1000-square-foot English, Spanish and Haitian Creole traveling exhibition. Its interactive components engage visitors in the subject of heart health by inviting them to take some simple personal measurements (e.g., blood pressure, height, weight, waist size, and self-reported health habits). The exhibit also informs visitors about the research process and invites them to contribute their health and demographic data – on an anonymous basis – to real life research.

As a museum-based research project, Heart Smart is a unique way of exposing students and visitors to scientific research and also educating them about the prevention of cardiovascular or heart disease. “This project accomplishes two important missions: to educate the community about cardiovascular disease and to collect data to further study the disease, its manifestations and associated risk factors,” said Dr. Patrice G. Saab, University of Miami Department of Psychology, Principal Investigator of the project.

This exhibition was made possible by a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) grant from the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The Miami Science Museum team is comprised of Sean Duran, Vice President of Exhibits & Programs, Judy Brown, Ed.D. Senior Vice President for Education, exhibit developers Lúcia Enriconi and Carlos Plaza, exhibit designer James Herring, and graphic designer Yolanda Monteza.

The team worked in collaboration with Patrice G. Saab, Ph.D. and Judith R. McCalla, Ph.D of the University of Miami, evaluators at the Institute for Learning Innovation, illustrator Brian Stauffer, and exhibit design and fabrication firms Jeff Kennedy Associates and Mystic Scenic Studios, Inc.

Contact Information

For more information, contact Lúcia Williams at 305 646-4210

Page Navigation

Heart Smart Discussion Activity

Teachers Resource Guides from the American Heart Association (AHA)

Exhibit Translations

Cardiovascular Disease Overview from the American Heart Association (AHA) and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

Web Resources for All Ages (Back to Top)

Importance of a Healthy Weight



Stress Management

Info for Parents/Teachers

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Heart Healthy Recipes

Heart Healthy Fun for Everyone

Exercise Videos

More for Kids & Teens!

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  • Dining Decisions is a nutrition game to help kids choose the best foods in the right amounts for them!
  • “I Heard” Hurdle Race is an interactive quiz game to investigating popular myths about physical activity.
  • MyPyramid Blast Off Game from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is an interactive game for elementary school students where they can keep track of food choices and activity.
  • Bad Fats Brothers: "Don’t Let Them Break Your Heart" is a video from the American Heart Association to teach kids and teens about harmful fats they should limit in their diet.
  • Better Fats Sisters: "Be Kinder to Your Heart" is a video from the American Heart Association to teach kids and teens about good fats that may actually be an important part of a heart-healthy diet.
  • Small Step Challenge Quiz from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services tests children’s knowledge of the components of a healthy lifestyle.
  • Spot the Block! is an interactive website with catchy tunes and instructions on how to read a Nutrition Facts label on the foods you eat.
  • is a cool site to help kids eat healthy foods and maintain an active lifestyle and it’s filled with fun games and activities!

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