By James Logan Healthy Eagle Cub Reporters | Mrs. Burke’s Cub Reporters researched how the heart is an important organ in your body. To learn more about our hearts, the first graders spoke with Logan School Nurse Mrs. McGarry.
Reporters: What do you want children to know about the heart?
Mrs. McGarry: The heart is an organ. It is pear shaped and slightly larger than a fist. It is high in the chest, slightly to to the left. The heart is made of a very small muscle.
Reporters: What is the heart’s job?
Mrs. McGarry: The heart is a pump that pushes blood all over the body. We need the blood because it carries oxygen (and other things) that the organs and tissues need to function.
Reporters: What is blood, and what it its job?
Mrs. McGarry: Blood is needed to keep us alive. It brings oxygen and nutrients to all the parts of the body so they can keep working. It carries carbon dioxide and other waste materials to the lungs, kidneys, and digestive system to be removed from the body. Blood also fights infections.
Reporters: What are blood vessels?
Mrs. McGarry: Blood vessels carry blood through our body.
Reporters: Why is this topic important to know about for your heart?
Mrs. McGarry: It is important to learn about the heart and how to keep it healthy.
Reporters: What are three things we can do to make and keep our hearts healthy?
Mrs. McGarry: 1. Exercise 2. Eat a balanced diet 3. Develop healthy habits as a child.
Illustration by Ashley, Catholic Partnership Schools.