Celebrate Heart Health as a Family with Fall AHA Events
With school back in session, there’s never been a better time to organize heart healthy activities with your kids! Many students’ fondest memories growing up are from Jump Rope For Heart and Hoops For Heart events.
If you’ve never heard of them, here’s a little background courtesy of the American Heart Association:
- Jump Rope For Heart and Hoops For Heart are national education and fundraising events sponsored by the American Heart Association and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
- The events engage elementary and middle school students with jumping rope or playing basketball while empowering them to improve their own health and help other kids with heart-health issues.
- Both programs satisfy the physical education standards as determined by National Association for Sport and Physical Education and American Association for Health Education.
- Jump Rope For Heart and Hoops For Heart events are conducted in school by physical education instructors, coaches or teachers. They can be scheduled whenever it’s most convenient, be it during physical education class, at lunch, or before or after school.
The events teach kids a variety of life skills also. Just a few include:
- Learning the value of community service
- Helping other kids with special hearts
- Developing heart-healthy habits while being physically active
- Enjoying jump rope and basketball competition
- Earning gift certificates for free P.E. equipment
Once teams register, they receive an event kit with everything you need to conduct a successful Jump Rope For Heart or Hoops For Heart event. Kits withhold scheduling, promotional and event instructions; heart-health curriculum to support the event; fundraising tips; and training and support from AHA staff or volunteers.
But perhaps the best news of all is that kids and adults can practice good heart health this fall. There are several AHA events geared for adults in Michigan like Heart Balls events held in Washtenaw County and Grand Rapids, Heart Walks and November’s National Eating Healthy Day.
Though the official Heart Disease Awareness Month isn’t until February, Fall and Winter seasons in Michigan are great times to get serious about your heart health. And better yet, include your kids in doing so too.
Where are you or your child participating in heart health events this fall? Let us know in the comments below!
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