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Young People's Healthy Heart Program - For All Ages
Mercy Hospital · 570 Chautauqua Blvd. · Valley City, ND 58072
healthyheartprogram.com · info@healthyheartprogram.com · 701-845-6456

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The Young People’s Healthy Heart Program is dedicated to helping people of ALL AGES establish healthy eating and physical activity habits so they may lead long, healthy and happy lives.

test-tubes-and-plansHistory of Young People’s Healthy Heart Program

The Young People’s Healthy Heart Program at Mercy Hospital in Valley City, North Dakota, originated in 1982, under the direction of Sharon E. Buhr, MPH, LRD. Grants to promote heart health in elementary students provided the initial funds; lesson plans on behavior change and heart health were developed.

Test tube visuals were designed as part of the program and have been marketed across the United States and beyond for over 15 years. The funds from the sales of the test tube visuals allow the staff to do nutrition and physical activity promotion in the area and across the state of North Dakota. The focus is on people of all ages, because everyone can be ‘young at heart’.

sharon-buhr-mph-lrdSharon E. Buhr, MPH, LRD
Director, Young People’s Healthy Heart Program

Sharon is the originator of the Young People’s Healthy Heart Program, which is dedicated to helping people of ALL ages establish healthy eating and physical activity habits. She designed the test tube visuals as well as the lesson plans for kindergarten through grade 6.

Within the realm of public health nutrition Sharon has worked to effect nutrition legislation, has taught from college down to the elementary level, implemented programs across the age span ranging from heart health to diabetes prevention.

As a licensed registered dietitian, Sharon also counsels patients and does consulting.
She is on the local school board and has worked to initiate and implement wellness policies across North Dakota.

Sharon has appeared on local radio stations as well as being interviewed on Radio Vatican, where she discussed how individuals can effect positive behavior change related to nutrition. She has worked to effect behavior change in both Africa and Liberia.

She graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science degree and received a second major in nutrition from the University of Minnesota as well as a Masters in Public Health.

Sharon is available for presentations and workshops.



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