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Alex Wallace is a heart-health ambassador for Project Heart.

February 2016—Second Annual Girl Scouts "Heart Smart” Experience Day 

To educate young girls about establishing good heart-health habits early in life, THI launched a special merit badge program for girls K-5th grade in partnership with the Girl Scouts. View photos of the event on our Flickr page.

January 2016—Heart Smart Merit Badge Program

Texas Heart Institute Activity Program for Girl Scouts and Cool-E Heart Smart Merit Badge Program will be available all of 2016. For more information visit

February, 2015—Girl Scouts "Heart Smart” Experience Day 

In celebration of National Heart Month we had workshops for the scouts and optional tours and lectures for the parents and troop leaders during the girl’s workshop. The target audience is 4th and 5th graders. View photos of the event on our Flickr page.

June 2013—Proud to be Awarded Silver

Project Heart wins Silver Web Health Award - Winter-Spring 2013Texas Heart Institute's Project Heart site won SILVER in 2013. This competition — held twice each year — recognizes the nation's best digital health resources. Our winning entry, in the category of Interactive Content/Rich Media, was chosen from nearly 600 entries judged by a panel of distinguished experts in digital health media. The Web Health AwardsSM program is organized by the Health Information Resource Center (HIRC), a national clearinghouse for professionals working in consumer health fields.

May 2013—Just Added to the Health Toolbox

Household Obstacle Course
Just in time to help you stay fit over the summer, try the Household Obstacle Course, no fancy equipment required. Pull the guide out of the Health Toolbox and practice your moves with Cool-E to earn a Heart Smart certificate. Get your heart pumping and your muscles moving today. 

May 2013—Project Heart Named Outstanding Education Website at the Interactive Media Awards

Interactive Media Award 2013This year, the Project Heart website was honored with yet another Interactive Media Award (IMA). In the ‘Education’ category, Project Heart was awarded an IMA Outstanding Achievement award, the second highest honor bestowed by IMA and an extremely challenging award to win. It represents a very high standard of planning, execution and overall professionalism. Congratulations to the entire Project Heart team!

April 2013—Two Horizon Interactive Awards for Project Heart

Horizon Interactive Media Awards 2012 - Bronze AwardThe Project Heart website is the winner of two 2012 Horizon Interactive Awards, a bronze in the Health and Human Services category and a bronze in the Training and E-Learning category. 

The Horizon Interactive Awards is a prestigious international competition recognizing outstanding achievement among interactive media producers. The competition recognizes and awards the best web sites, videos, online advertising, print media and mobile applications and is judged by a panel of industry professionals, from diverse multi-media, graphic design and marketing backgrounds.

March 2013—Happy Easter from Project Heart

Watch Egg-cellentSpring is in the air and Cool-E wants to remind you to make heart-healthy choices. Help Cool-E build a healthy Easter basket while discovering what fruits look like on the outside and inside. Play Cool-E’s newest Shorty “Egg-cellent.”

February 2013—New Cool-E Animated Adventures

Watch Snow RobotEveryone’s favorite robot is now featured in a new seasonal animation.  Watch Cool-E get into trouble in this month’s Cool-E Shorty “Snow Robot.” Previous seasonal animations are available on the Cool-E Shorty homepage

January 2013—Get Kitchen Tool Tips Just for Kids

What's In The KitchenDo you know what a colander is? How about the difference between a solid measuring cup and a liquid measuring cup? Learn about the cooking tools pros use in the latest Cool-E Shorty “What’s In The Kitchen?” 

—Happy Heart-Healthy New Year from Project Heart

Little ResolutionsIt's hard to believe it's already 2013! See what heart-healthy resolutions Cool-E hopes to accomplish this year. Do you think he can do them all? Do you have any?

December 2012—Seasons Greetings from Project Heart

Global WinterCool-E and the entire Project Heart team wish you a very merry holiday season. And don’t forget to shake things up with Cool-E’s snow globe.

—Winner of Best In Class at Interactive Media Awards

Interactive Media AwardsThe Project Heart website took yet another first place win, this time at the Interactive Media Awards (IMA). In the 'Kids' category, Project Heart was awarded Best In Class, the highest honor bestowed by the Interactive Media Awards. It represents the very best in planning, execution and overall professionalism. In order to win this award level, a site has to successfully pass through a comprehensive judging process, achieving very high marks in each judging criteria - an achievement only a fraction of sites in the IMA competition earn each year.

We received high compliments from the judges, including this one: "This is a truly wonderful kids site. I've been reviewing it with my 4-year-old son and he's been learning tons while having fun. The site kept his interest and attention, which at his age is HUGE! The site's design, usability and, of course, content, were all great. Congrats to you and your team!"

—Learn to Cook HealthyHealthy Chef Challenge

Are you up for the challenge? Learn to cook healthy in the kitchen with Cool-E including 12 recipes just for kids.

Send us photos of you being a chef champion and you could star on our website!

—Health Game Arcade Now Open

Health GamesReady to play some online games? Cool-E has just opened his health game arcade with five fun new games. See if you can make it to the last level while learning about the food groups, healthy meal choices, fitness, vitamins, and more.

November 2012—Project Heart Wins Double Gold

Web Health Awards 2012After a gold medal win at the eHealth Leadership Awards, Project Heart was treated with yet another win at the Web Health Awards. The newly redesigned Project Heart website won first place in the web-based resource category, tying with the AARP website for gold.

The Web Health Awards recognize high-quality electronic health information. Texas Heart Institute is proud that Project Heart and Cool-E have been recognized as the number one online resource for health education.

—Project Heart Wins Gold at eHealth Leadership Awards

eHealthcare Leadership Award 2012 Gold

The Project Heart website has received a 2012 eHealthcare Leadership Gold Award for Best Rich Media. Project Heart won alongside some of the biggest names in healthcare and was selected from among nearly 1,100 entries. The whole Project Heart team at Texas Heart Institute is proud to be a winner in this innovative category. 

—Even More Fun Facts Presentations

Did you know that the average 16-oz soda contains 29 cubes of sugar? How about that exercising can help you think more clearly? Learn even more cool facts with three new fun facts presentations covering nutrition, digestion, and exercise. These presentations are perfect for use with a SMART Board.

September 2012—Incredible Machine Posters Available

Help anatomy come alive in your classroom with these anatomy infographic posters. Just print them on 11 x 17 paper. Topics include the blood, heart, cardiovascular system, heart valves, and conduction system.

Infographic Anatomy Poster - Blood Infographic Anatomy Poster - The Heart Infographic Anatomy Poster - Cardiovascular System Infographic Anatomy Poster - Heart Valves Infographic Anatomy Poster - Conduction

—Olympian Leo Manzano Joins Project Heart

Leo Manzano and Cool-E the Project Heart RobotRunner Leo Manzano knows what it takes to be an Olympic champion. He won the silver medal in the 2012 London Olympics for the men's 1500 meter race. Now he's teamed up with Cool-E to show kids how they too can train like champions.

The 7-Day Healthy Heart Challenge for Kids is now available online! Get real advice from Leo along the way and send us photos of your journey. Get your heart on track by making small goals over seven days.

July 2012—Project Heart is All New

Cool-E Shorty IconAs I'm sure you've noticed, Project Heart: Activities for the Classroom has received a complete makeover. Our goal over the past year has been to make Project Heart a heart-healthy destination for both educators and kids, one that you will want to visit again and again.

Now that we've launched Project Heart 2.0, we hope you enjoy all of our new offerings including an updated design, engaging robot guide, health games, and more teacher tools!

You can help make our launch a success by spreading the word and downloading our informational flyer. Want to see something else on the new Project Heart website? Fill out our feedback form, and you may just see your idea in lights.

November 2011—Project Heart Honored in Summer/Fall 2011 Web Health Awards

Summer/Fall 2011 Web Health Award

The Project Heart website was selected as a winner in the 13th annual Web Health Awards program. This competition—held twice each year: Winter/Spring and Summer/Fall—recognizes the nation's best digital health resources.

Project Heart (and Proyecto Corazón) received a Merit Award for Web-based Resource/Tool.

Our winning entry was chosen from nearly 400 entries judged by a panel of distinguished experts in digital health media. The Web Health Awards program is organized by the Health Information Resource Center (HIRC), a national clearinghouse for professionals who work in consumer health fields. Other well-known HIRC programs include the National Health Information Awards which annually recognizes the nation's best consumer health programs and materials (for non-digital resources), and two national "Fitness Day" events: The National Women's Health & Fitness Day® and the Family Health & Fitness Day USA®.

May 2011—State and National Curriculum Standards Reviewed

Each Project Heart lesson plan and activity was created based on Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). After reviewing current TEKS guidelines, we revised the list of TEKS sections addressed by each lesson. Refer to the new TEKS Matrix for details on all grade levels.  Lessons are now also aligned for the National Health Education Standards (NHES). Refer to the new NHES Matrix for details.


November 2010—Website Recognized with Leadership Award

eHealthcare 2010 Gold Award Winner

The Project Heart website has been presented a 2010 eHealthcare Gold award for Best Health/Healthcare Content.

Sites receiving the 2010 eHealthcare Leadership Awards were selected from nearly 1,300 entries. Texas Heart Institute is proud that Project Heart has been recognized as a leader in the fight against heart disease.

—Silver Award for Project Heart

Web Health Awards 2010 - Silver Winner

The Project Heart website is a 2010 Silver Winner in the Web Health Awards competition in the category of website education.

The goal of the award is to recognize high-quality electronic health information. Texas Heart Institute is proud that Project Heart has been recognized again for its contribution to consumer health education for this special audience.

November 2009—Website Honored for Leadership

2009 e-Healthcare Leadership Award

The Texas Heart Institute website has been recognized with a 2009 eHealthcare Leadership Award. The entire website ( received a silver award in the category of Best Health/Healthcare Content in the division of Hospital Subsite/Center of Excellence.

The Healthcare Strategy & Trends division of Health Care Communications ( sponsors the annual competition. 

November 2008—Award Recognizes Project Heart

World Wide Web Health Award 2008

The Project Heart website has been awarded a 2008 silver World Wide Web Health Award for health promotion/disease and injury prevention information.

The award recognizes the best web-based health-related content for consumers and professionals, with the goal of providing a "seal of quality" for electronic health information.

September 2008—Proyecto Corazón

The Project Heart website is now available in Spanish (en español). The curriculum, lesson plans, activity masters, and "Look" resources (including links to Heart Information Center topics) are fully integrated in the new Spanish version and you can also toggle back and forth between languages. We gratefully acknowledge the Albert and Margaret Alkek Foundation for its support for this project.

January 2008—Website Honored for 3rd Year

Aesculapius Award 2007

The Texas Heart Institute website is one of only 6 websites to receive an Aesculapius Award of Excellence in 2007 from the Health Improvement Institute, in recognition of excellence in the communication of information about healthy lifestyles, disease prevention and health care. This award is our 3rd consecutive honor.


—Website Honored with Award of Excellence

Project Heart honored with Award of Excellence. Click to learn more.

Project Heart is one of only 10 websites to receive an Aesculapius Award of Excellence in 2006 from the Health Improvement Institute, in recognition of excellence in the communication of information about healthy lifestyles, disease prevention and health care. Texas Heart Institute's Heart Information Center is also a 2006 winner.

November 2005—Project Heart Website Opens

The Project Heart website, a healthy resource for teachers, parents, and students, was launched by the Texas Heart Institute. With lesson plans at its core, the site is designed to help teachers develop activities for the classroom about the heart, healthy eating, and an active lifestyle. Not limited to teachers, the site provides a wealth of information, activities, and resources for any learning environment.

June 2005—Project Heart Team Formulates Plan

A group of local teachers, principals, school nurses, and educators met for a daylong workshop at the Texas Heart Institute to plan the initial concept for Project Heart. At this June meeting, ideas were formulated and an ambitious timetable put in place. Team members toured the Denton A. Cooley building, including the Heart Information Center and the Wallace D. Wilson Museum. Highlights of the day were the opportunity to witness live surgery and being greeted in person by Dr. Denton Cooley.

Dr. Denton A. Cooley greets Project Heart team members at the Texas Heart Institute

Dr. Denton A. Cooley greets Project Heart team members
at the Texas Heart Institute, June 2005.

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