Students to participate in Jump Rope for Heart

January 28, 2016

By John Raffel
Correspondent

At Marion Elementary School, it’s a matter for students to “Jump For Their Hearts” and help save lives.

Starting next week, the focus continues on fighting heart disease and stroke, the nation’s No. 1 and 4 killers. It’s the annual Jump Rope For Heart event to raise money for the American Heart Association, which raises funds for lifesaving heart and stroke research and community and educational programs for the youth.

Jump Rope For Heart teaches students how physical fitness benefits the heart and demonstrates that volunteering can be a fun and positive experience for the whole community, Nicole McCrimmon Marion Elementary kindergarten teacher and JRFH Coordinator said. She added that studies show about one-third of children ages 2 to 19 are overweight and obese.

“By including physical activity into their daily routines, kids can significantly reduce the onset and burden of heart disease,” said Julie Neuhaus, JRFH Youth Market Director in a statement. “By raising money through Jump Rope For Heart, we are preventing heart disease and obesity for the next generation of Americans. Kids are literally jumping into a heart healthier life while becoming passionate about raising money for other kids with sick hearts.”

“We are thrilled to be supporting the American Heart Association to help teach our students and families how to take care of their hearts through JRFH,” said McCrimmon, who said that at Marion, JRFH is being kicked-off with an assembly on Feb. 3 and the event is scheduled from Feb. 3-17. “During this period, students will be learning about the heart and keeping it healthy along with jump roping activities during their gym time.”

She noted that each grade has gym class twice a week.

“All students within our elementary, K-5, participate and…help show their support for the American Heart Association and living heart healthy,” McCrimmon said. “Students receive thank you gifts such as the lifesaver puppies and other items based on the amount of donations.”

Each class will have a wrap up event on Feb. 16-17.

“The wrap up is a fun day in gym with heart healthy stations, music and a special drink red Gatorade,” McCrimmon said. “Donations are not based on how often they jump but just a general donation. This event has been well received within our school and community, without the support this event wouldn’t be possible. There are students within our school that have had heart surgery or heart related concerns and many others can relate or know of someone who has heart disease or have died from heart complications.

“This event really hits home for me and others so it is a way to help get the message out about being heart healthy.  It takes heart to be a hero. If every student can get a donation of $5 that is a total of $1,200.”

It was pointed out by JRFH officials that for 36 years, millions of students have been jumping rope and learning about heart health and how nutrition and physical activity can fight heart disease and stroke. JRFH is co-sponsored by the American Heart Association and SHAPE America-Society of Health and Physical Educators.

This is the third year the school will be participating in JRFH.

“Each year a goal is set for the amount of money raised and our students have met or exceeded the goal the past two years,” McCrimmon said. “We are hoping with the efforts of our community that we can pull together and do it again this year. Along with the event students can earn up to 6 Life Saver Puppies. Each pup has an important heart-health message.”



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