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:

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!

Photo credit: A Healthier Michigan via Flickr (feature)


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  1. My children are grown so my grandbaby and I will be the busy duo this season. We believe in active, physical play. We’re walkers and by being active we hope to instill in our granddaughter that being active and physical is natural and fun. This weekend, we’re visiting an orchard. I’ll have baby strapped into carrier. In her short lifetime, she’sbecome accustomed to many walks ‘just because’. Baby doesn’t spend a lot of time in front of tv or technology. We spend lots of dedicated time to active play and exploration.

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