Elementary students jump for their hearts, help save lives

Students at Dolores Elementary School are jumping at the chance to fight heart disease and stroke, our nationís No. 1 and No. 4 killers. On Dec. 3, 4 and 5 during PE classes the school will host its annual Jump Rope For Heart event to raise money for the American Heart Association, which funds lifesaving heart and stroke research and community and educational programs for our youth.

Jump Rope For Heart teaches students how physical fitness benefits the heart and shows them that volunteering can be a fun and positive experience for the whole community. The need to educate children about the importance of physical activity couldnít be timelier. According to recent studies, about one-third of children in the United States 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.

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.

For over 33 years, Jump Rope For Heart has raised more than $818 million for the fight against heart disease and stroke. Millions of students have jumped rope and learned about heart health and how nutrition and physical activity can help prevent heart disease and stroke. Jump Rope For Heart is co-sponsored by the American Heart Association and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

Please help our students help others by making a donation. If you would like to help more, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 (1-800-242-8721). You can also visit us online at heart.org/jump.