The hearts of Golden Hill students are beating healthier and kinder this week, as they Jump Rope for the Heart for the first 15 minutes of their gym period, and prepare for the event’s big day of giving on Friday, Feb. 28.
Officially renamed as Kids Heart Challenge, this annual effort helps raise awareness of heart health and funds for the American Heart Association (AHA). The daily challenges for this year’s campaign are Move More, Be Kind, and Be Ready!
Activities and exercises show students how physical activity, combined with healthy eating, can improve their heart health—and their readiness to learn!
Personal stories of young heart heroes living with heart disease inspire students to do their part to help find a cure and ensure the availability of support services for affected children and their families.
The program involves learning new physical skills, watching related videos, collecting Heart Hero characters, and more.
Did you know?
- Heart disease is the no. 1 killer of all Americans, but 80% of heart disease may be preventable through lifestyles changes.
- An estimated 40,000 babies are born each year with congenital heart defects.
Golden Hill Elementary takes the challenge
Over 40 students have signed up to raise funds for the Kids Heart Challenge. To date, the school has raised over $1,000!
On Friday, Feb. 28, students will jump all day for the funds they collected, and the school’s PTA is planning some surprises to brighten the celebration of their efforts.
Where does the money go?
Funds raised by schools for the AHA will be used for public health education, community services, and collaborations with health care providers, professional training and scientific research.