Katharine Walker Capstone

Stroke is the number 5 leading cause of Americans. This fact, along with the fact that my grandfather and my grandmother were both effected by heart heath problems is what made me want to inform people about why heart heath is so important. For my capstone I worked a little bit with the American heart association, helped them organize a heart chase scavenger hunt that people could participate in.It was a fun active way for the community to get involved and be healthy together. I also, had a team from Roxbrough memorial Hospital come to speak to the Freshman class about stroke, the risk factors of stroke and what to do if someone is having a stroke.


  1. "Healthcare / Research." Healthcare / Research. American Heart Association, Inc, n.d. Web. 26 Jan. 2015


This Is my main source that I will be using for pretty much everything.I will be using this site to sign kids up from this school to participate in a scavenger hunt to help raise awareness for heart disease.  This site is the official American heart association website.I am using this source to learn about what the American heart association is and what their main goal is.This is a very reliable source because the information that is on this site is from a lot of top doctors who know what they are talking about.I like this source because it not only gives you information from monitoring baby heart health to how to get your school involved and stay heathy, but this source also gives me a chance to fundraise and create awareness for a matter that is so important to me.One limitation of this site is that there is a lot to look at, it looks kind of overwhelming.   

  1. "Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 12 Mar. 2013. Web. 29 Jan. 2015.<http://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/coronary_ad.htm>

The CDC is the Centers of Disease Control. This is a very reliable source because it is written National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion,and the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. This source is useful to me because it helps me understand what Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) is. It talks about the different symptoms that come along with Coronary Artery Disease. Another important thing that this site taught me that will be useful furthering my capstone is the knowledge of the different kinds of test that you can get done to check if you have Coronary Artery Disease.One limitation on this site is that it is kind of hard for me to read because I learn a lot from diagrams and there is only one on this site.

  1. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr60/nvsr60_03.pdf

This is a site that provides me with some statistics on heart disease. From this site I learn that in the United States along with cancer heart disease is the leading cause of death.From 1958 the number of people with heart disease has lowered. This site is reliable because it is from the Center of Disease Control, the data was analyzed and documented by Kenneth Kochanek, M.A.; Jiaquan Xu, M.D.; Sherry L. Murphy, B.S.; Arialdi M. Minin˜o, M.P.H.; and Hsiang-Ching Kung, Ph.D., Division of Vital Statistics. This site will be useful throughout my capstone because I will have access to some facts and charts that provide solid facts on heart disease in the United States. The limitations of this site is that it does talk a lot more about some other diseases so you really have to pay attention and look for where they are talking about heart disease.

  1. "Heart Disease." Definition. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, n.d. Web. 27 Jan. 2015.<http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heart-disease/basics/definition/con-20034056>

This site just talks about what a the definition of heart disease. Even though this is just a simple source I did get something out of it. Before looking in to this project I thought heart disease was a disease. I did not know that it was a series of heart problems.From this site I learned heart disease are diseases under the heart disease umbrella include blood vessel diseases, such as coronary artery disease,heart rhythm problems,and heart defects you're born with. This is interesting to me because I was born with a small pin sized hole in my heart and a heart murmur so therefor I can place myself under that heart disease umbrella.

5.  Fritz, Joanne. "The Zen of Fundraising - How to Fundraise - Learn How to Fundraise." The Zen of Fundraising--A Review. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2015.<http://nonprofit.about.com/od/fundraising/fr/zenfundraising.htm>

This site is written by Ken Burnett is a British author who is a consultant on fundraising, marketing and communications for nonprofit organisations worldwide.He served on many nonprofit boards so he knows what he is doing. He wrote a book about fundraising, the book talked a lot about how people are more likely to donate money when it is for  a charitable cause. People don’t like to be sold like a commercial they want to feel like they are giving back and making a difference. I will be using this strategy when I am fundraising for heart disease, I will make sure I make people want to help but not sell them on helping. One limitation to this site is that is does not list a link to the book so and I can’t really find the whole thing.

6. "Healthy Eating." Heart Quiz. The American Heart Association, n.d. Web. 30 Jan.2015.<https://media.heart.org/fc/quiz/index-3.html?xmlHash=d5caa76b92efaeff980beb2e7b9e9199>

This is a link that was provided to me by the American Heart Association. This link is like a little quiz on how well you eat, and test your knowledge on what you know about the foods you are eating. To me this site is useful because it really opens your eyes on what you don’t know and what you should know. Even though it is just a little quiz it still tells you the facts and the right answers on what you should be eating and why. This site will be useful to me because I could use this to get some of the students to take it and see what they know and what they don’t know, so I know what I should be telling them. One limitation on this site is that it doesn’t give me a name on who came up with this test.


"Healthy Dinner Recipes Under $3." Better Homes & Gardens. Meredith Corporation, n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2015. <http://www.bhg.com/recipes/healthy/dinner/cheap-heart-healthy-dinner-ideas/#page=38>

This site is just a site that has a list of heart health foods on it. The way that I am going to use this site is to get some cheap, and tasty heart healthy foods. This site gives me a list of ingredients, and tells me how much it is per serving which is helpful because I’ll know exactly how much to charge the students per plate.The benefit of this site is that it teaches me some healthy alternatives for foods I eat. One limitation to this site is that it doesn’t give you a lot of meals that I can make for a school food sale.

8. Walters, Jennipher. "The Heart Smart Workout Plan." SparkPeople. SparkPeople, n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2015.<http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_articles.asp?id=1611>

This site is about exercise. It talks a lot about exercise in America and how most of them do not get enough exercise According to the American Heart Association (AHA) nearly 70% of Americans don't get enough exercise which puts them at a big risk of getting CAD. This site is also helpful because at the bottom of the page it tells you how to do heart healthy exercises. I might use this and hold a workout class to raise some money.This article was written by  Jennipher Walters, she is a certified personal trainer and fitness instructor. For me I don’t see any limitations to this site, it gives me everything that I was looking for.

9."Pacemakers and Defibrillators: Frequently Asked Questions." University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. The University of Iowa, n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2015.<http://www.uihealthcare.org/health-library/pacemakers-and-defibrillators-frequently-asked-questions/>

This site talks about defibrillators and pacemakers.There is a difference between a defibrillator and a pacemakers. A defibrillator is something that goes near your heart to shock the heat when you have a heart attack, and a pacemaker is for when the heart becomes irregular, when it gets fast or when it gets slow.  This is an interesting topic because my grandfather has a defibrillator. I will use this for my capstone to inform people about the alternatives. To me I do not see any limitations on this site, it gives you a lot of detailed information.

10. Azrak, Elie, Dr, and Lisa Hart. "Holiday Heart Attack Statistics." Fox News, 26 Dec. 2014. Web.<http://fox2now.com/2014/12/26/holiday-heart-attack-statistics/>

This is a video with  Dr. Elie Azrak, a Cardiologist with SSM Depaul Health Center. This video talks about how cardiologist found that there is a peak day for heat related deaths, for the United Stated that peak day is on December 25th, Christmas. This is because you are around your family and you eat a lot of salt and fatty foods. This site is useful because I will be able to use this to try to warn people to watch what they eat around the holidays. This video is great with details and statistics.