Heimlich Heroes: A Life-Saving Lesson Plan

Can your students recognize when someone is choking?

Are they confident to step in and save a life?

Do they know how to prevent and minimize the risk of choking?

The Heimlich Heroes program is specifically designed to teach young people how to do the Heimlich maneuver. Initially developed in 2011 to teach sixth grade students, the program is educationally based. Through Heimlich Heroes training they will recognize when someone is choking, and become confident to step in and save a life. Additionally, they will learn how to prevent and minimize the risk of choking.

Heimlich Heroes believes anyone can save a life. The program is effectively aimed at teaching children, and historically has proven to be successful. Otherwise, young people may not learn about this method until high school, if at all.

Designed by Teachers, for Teachers

You’ll enjoy teaching this program, as much as your students will enjoy learning it. Heimlich Heroes is a lesson that you and your students will remember for a lifetime. Designed by teachers for teachers, the program provides a platform for the science/health teacher to incorporate math, language arts, and STEM activities. 

“Heidi” and “Hank” Heimlich are our specially designed training dolls, which allow students to get hands-on practice. They feature an internal diaphragm, lungs, and a windpipe. Functional training models help illustrate the mechanics of the Heimlich maneuver. Your students will gain confidence and have fun learning the Heimlich maneuver with these dolls.

Ready to bring the Heimlich Heroes program to your classroom? Click here for more details and registration.


"The students were all commenting at the end of the day how much they enjoyed the training. I think it was empowering and confidence-building. Thank you so much for making this possible for my students."- Lisa W., sixth grade health/science teacher, St. Ursula Villa