Be a Healthier Family

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Living a healthy, busy and active lifestyle is important for children and adults alike. Establishing an active schedule can help everyone meet exercise goals.

The Let’s Move website offers the following tips for a healthy and active lifestyle for your family:

  • Provide kids with toys that promote physical activity, such as jump ropes, balls and kites.
  • Encourage participation in sports and other exercise.
  • Avoid putting a TV in a child’s room. When you do watch TV, make it a family rule that you don’t sit still during commercials.
  • At least a few times a week during nice weather, plan a safe walk to and from school.
  • Go for a short walk after each meal.
  • Skip the elevator and take the stairs.
  • Schedule active family fun days at a park.
  • Set exercise goals for the family.


Audubon Park Elementary – Jump Rope for Heart

Jump Rope for Heart APE 1Audubon Park Elementary recently held a very successful Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser, raising approximately $7,200.  This is three times what the school raised last year! The older students were given short and long jump ropes, the younger students were provided with extra attention through jump rope stations.  Congratulations to Audubon Park Elementary!

About Jump Rope for Heart

The American Heart Association Jump Rope For Heart is a national education and fund-raising event sponsored by the American Heart Association and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD).  Jump Rope for Heart engages students with jumping rope while empowering them to improve their own health and help other kids with heart health issues.

Dollars raised through Jump Rope For Heart give back to children, communities and schools through AmericanJump Rope for Heart APE 2 Heart Association programs, including:

  • Ongoing discovery of new treatments through research
  • Advocating at federal and state levels for physical education and nutrition wellness in schools
  • Training courses for middle and high school students in CPR

Jump Rope For Heart  Helps Students Grow

  • Kids learn the value of community service and become empowered to contribute to their community’s welfare.
  • Children join together in helping other kids with special hearts.
  • Students learn how to develop heart-healthy habits while being physically active.
  • Participants learn jump rope and basketball skills they can use for the rest of their lives.
  • Students help their school earn gift certificates for free P.E. equipment!