John Coffelt, staff writer
Hillsboro Elementary School recently participated in an American Heart Association Jump Rope for Heart Event.
For national heart disease awareness month, February, students raised money for the American Heart Association and received prizes that range from keychain animals to T-shirts, even larger prizes.
Jump Rope For Heart or Hoops For Heart events are conducted in school by physical education instructors, coaches or teachers. They can be scheduled whenever it’s most convenient-during physical education class, lunch or before or after school. Students register, then receive an event kit. They earn badges and prizes with more pledges from relatives, while raising awareness about heart disease and promoting active lifestyles.
February 14 students in P.E. class jumped at various stations. While this year’s totals aren’t compiled, last year the school raised $3,800 during the program.
Through Jump Rope For Heart kids learn jump rope skills, how their heart works and raise money to help kids with special hearts and learn how to stay healthy.
The original high intensity workout, jumping rope provides cardiovascular training, muscular endurance and raises the heart rate faster than most other exercises.
An average person will burn an individual of average weight will burn about 125 calories during a 10-minute jump rope session. That’s the equivalent of 30 minutes of jogging.