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Jumping for Heart Health

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Blue Point Elementary School students demonstrated their commitment toward leading a heart-healthy lifestyle when they participated in the building’s annual Jump Rope for Heart event. This February, for the eighth consecutive year, the students learned different jump-roping techniques and tricks, along with the different components of heart health and fitness.

With the help of physical education teacher John Selvaggio, the students learned about how their heart works, how to take care of themselves through physical activity, and the importance of eating a balanced and nutritious diet. Additionally, taking a break from jumping, the elementary schoolers learned about individuals affected by cardiovascular disease and how, through their monthlong fundraising efforts, they can help to increase global awareness of this disease and raise funds for heart health research.

“The students learned not only about how they can make a personal change, but also that spreading the word about this cause is our best defense against heart-related illness,” stated Mr. Selvaggio.

Since partnering with the Jump Rope for Heart program, a fundraising initiative coordinated by the American Heart Association, the school has raised over $20,000 for medical research and families in need. Last year alone, the school raised an astounding $5,831 and was nominated as a top fundraising school in the northeast region of the United States.

Anyone interested in assisting the school with this year’s fundraising project is encouraged to visit the school’s team page by searching Blue Point Elementary on the website: heart.org/jump.

Bayport-Blue Point Eagle