Friday, February 18, 2011

Jump Rope for Heart


Healthy lifestyles can help prevent heart disease and stroke. Eating healthy, nutritious foods, being physically active, staying tobacco-free, and maintaining a healthy blood pressure and weight are all part of a healthy lifestyle. Jump Rope For Heart helps get this message across to students.


Jump Rope For Heart promotes the value of physical activity to elementary schoolchildren while showing them they can contribute to their community's welfare. This is a time when children can establish the foundation for movement skills. These are also the years when positive learning experiences can help establish a positive attitude and appreciation for participating in regular, daily physical activity for life.


Jump Rope For Heart (JRFH) is a national fundraising program sponsored jointly by AAHPERD and AHA. JRFH is a valuable program that promotes physical activity, heart healthy living, and community service to children. JRFH is targeted at students in elementary schools, but anyone can hold a program at their school, child care center, community center, or anywhere!


The elementary school years encompass a time when children should establish a strong foundation for movement skills. These are also the years when positive learning experiences can help establish a positive attitude and appreciation for participating in regular, daily physical activity for life. The best reason of all to join this event is that kids love it!


I remember raising money from family and friends in the weeks leading up to Jump Rope for Heart when I was in elementary school and then getting to be a part of the fun on that special day; wearing my colorful “Jump Rope for Heart” t-shirt, getting prizes from the AHA, dancing and cheering along with classmates, and, of course, jumping rope!


On Valentines Day I got to relive those fun memories at Laytonsville Elementary School’s Jump Rope for Heart event! The students were energized and excited to jump rope, as well as to try to beat their fundraising record of over $9,000, which they raised last year. It was a great time!!!


Click here to read about children whose lives have been changed and, in some cases, saved by the money raised through Jump Rope for Heart events around the country!

Juliana McKee

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