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Go ahead and jump: Students promote good health, physical fitness

WAREHAM – The two dozen or so students of Minot Forest Elementary School who visited the school Saturday morning during an off-day were not jumping for joy.

Actually, they probably were, but more importantly they were there to “Jump Rope for Heart,” an annual fundraising program benefiting the American Heart Association. Coordinated by faculty member Michael Houdlette (along with several volunteers), Saturday’s program lasted for about two hours and consisted solely of students jumping rope in the school’s gymnasium.

Participating female and male students (hey, jump roping is not just for girls) solicited financial contributions in advance of Saturday’s session, with all proceeds donated to the AHA. The Society of Health and Physical Education is a collaborator for the “Jump Rope for Heart” program.

Students raising specific levels of funds were eligible to receive prizes from program sponsors.

The purpose of “Jump Rope for Heart” is to encourage young people to remain active and to develop good eating and living habits. In addition to raising funds for heart-disease research, the program also encourages youngsters to adopt sound eating regimens (such as drinking water instead of sugary drinks and eating fruits and/vegetables with all meals) and set a goal of remaining active for at least one hour daily.

Saturday’s participants at the MFES had no difficulty remaining active for long periods, jumping rope continually either solo, in tandems or at designated stations. Volunteers provided healthy refreshments – including bottles of water and fresh orange slices – to keep the youngsters fueled and refreshed.

And jumping for joy.

Follow Chris Shott on Twitter at @ChrisShottCour.

 

Article source: http://wareham.wickedlocal.com/news/20170318/go-ahead-and-jump-students-promote-good-health-physical-fitness

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