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Jump Rope your way to a Healthy Heart

January 30, 2010

You may be all grown up (in body, if not in spirit), but that’s no reason that you can’t grab a jump rope, a string, a cord, anything that you will be able to use safely, and get moving! You can even say you’re not only helping yourself, but also you’re doing your part to help the whole country look better, feel better, and live better!

You can even start by helping kids get on the right track at an early age, because one of America’s leading health problems is childhood obesity. Kids need to be involved in more physical activity and be educated in understanding the importance of healthy food choices. In addition to positive influences at home, physical education programs at school need to remain intact and effective to teach children that physical activity is necessary but can also be fun.

The American Heart Association’s Jump Rope for Heart program is an opportunity for schools to promote health-awareness, community building, fund-raising skills, and health and science research in their local and extended communities. I participated in Jump Rope for Heart as a kid and believe that it helped stir my interest in inspiring health and wellness in both kids and adults.

Heart disease is our nation’s No. 1 killer; stroke is No. 3 and a leading cause of serious disability.  Every year, about 870,000 Americans die from cardiovascular diseases and stroke.  That’s about 36 percent of all deaths.

These diseases may remain critical problems in the future because of poor lifestyle habits among American adults and children.  For example, only one of 10 Americans participates in 30 minutes or more of vigorous activity every day.  In addition…

  • Over 15 percent of children and adolescents are overweight.
  • 4 million children have above-normal blood pressure.
  • 27 million children have high cholesterol.

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

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