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Get Your School Involved with Jump Rope for Heart


Your children can build fitness and help others in need by participating in the American Heart Association’s Jump Rope for Heart.

The AHA partnered with the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance in 1978 to launch to fund-raising and education program. Today, over 30,000 schools in the United States participate to help fight America’s number one killer – heart disease.

Jump Rope for Heart educates students not only about children around the country who have congenital heart conditions that need surgery, but also teaches them the importance of physical activity and living a heart-healthy lifestyle. Children also learn a valuable lesson about contributing to their community.

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Jumping rope is not only fun and easy to learn, but also one of the most efficient workouts anyone can perform. Jumping rope can burn up to 1,000 calories per hour. It tones muscles in the entire body – both upper and lower. Jumping rope builds cardiovascular conditioning, agility and coordination skills, timing, and endurance. Gaining fitness can also help children learn better in school.

As 15% of children are overweight, jumping rope is a great way for children to incorporate exercise into an overall healthy lifestyle. Pediatricians and health experts recommend that all children receive at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day.

Donations to Jump for Heart make a difference for research and education that help decrease disability and death from heart disease and stroke. Just $25 can provide educational materials to 50 people on the risks of both conditions. $100 can equip one hospital or health department with resources from the American Stroke Association. $500 can teach more than 1200 children how to avoid obesity and live longer, skills that are being cut from school curriculum’s because of budget cuts.

Last year, the top fund-raising school in the U.S. was French Road Elementary from Rochester, NY. The school raised $67,432 for Jump for Heart. The rest of the top five include Vanderlyn Elementary in Dunwoody GA ($60,958), Kamehameha Elementary in Honolulu ($53,127), Pleasant Ridge Elementary in Glenview IL ($47,155), and Greater Atlanta Christian School in Norcross GA ($46,022).

If your child’s school does not currently participate, the school’s physical education teacher or principal can get more information at www.americanheart.org/jump.