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Van-Far Elementary jumps rope for hearts, lives

Posted on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 4:11 pm

Students at Van-Far Elementary in Vandalia are jumping at the chance to fight heart disease and stroke, our nation’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. On April 3 Van-Far Elementary will host its 1st annual Fitness For Heart event to raise money for the American Heart Association, which funds lifesaving heart and stroke research and community and educational programs for our youth.
The Van-Far Elementary has set a goal of $1,000. If this goal is reached the students will get to duct tape Coach Orf to the wall! If the students reach $1,500 or more in donations Coach Orf will eat a REAL LIVE worm! Please bring your student(s) out on April 3 to enjoy shooting hoops, jumping rope, hula hooping, dancing, racing scooters, and a bunch of other exciting fitness activities. It will be fun for the whole family!
Jump Rope For Heart teaches students how physical fitness benefits the heart and shows them that volunteering can be a fun and positive experience for the whole community. The need to educate children about the importance of physical activity couldn’t be timelier. According to recent studies, about one-third of children ages 2 to 19 are overweight and obese.
“By including physical activity into their daily routines, kids can significantly reduce the onset and burden of heart disease,“ said Martha ElShareif.  “By raising money through Jump Rope For Heart, we are preventing heart disease and obesity for the next generation of Americans. Kids are literally jumping into a heart healthier life while becoming passionate about raising money for other kids with sick hearts.”
For 35 years, Jump Rope For Heart has raised more than $818 million for the fight against heart disease and stroke. Millions of students have jumped rope and learned about heart health and how nutrition and physical activity can help prevent heart disease and stroke. Jump Rope For Heart is co-sponsored by the American Heart Association and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
Please help our students help others by making a donation. If you would like to help more, call your nearest American Heart Association office at1-800-677-5481 or call 1-800-AHA-USA1 (1-800-242-8721).You can also visit us online at