Thousands of County students to promote heart health

Staff Reports • Updated Jan 26, 2014 at 2:26 AM

It’s never too early to start taking care of your heart, and a great time to start is February during American Heart Month. 

To promote their students’ health, a number of Wilson County schools will teach heart health to students and raise awareness through various American Heart Association programs and events.

Last year, more than 7600 Wilson County students took part in programs and raised $39,000 for the American Heart Association.

In elementary schools, the American Heart Association’s Jump Rope for Heart program teaches children about healthy hearts and doing good for others at the same time. The program incorporates lessons on heart health and students jump rope as a way to both increase their own physical activity and raise funds to help others’ hearts.

In middle schools, Hoops for Heart incorporates basketball and heart health lessons and competitions.

In high schools, Red Out has students raising awareness of heart health and “doing good” by supporting the mission of the American Heart Association through T-shirt sales, which they then wear at a sporting event, such as a basketball game.

Coles Ferry Elementary School will kick off Jump Rope for Heart efforts in Wilson County on Feb. 7. Gladeville Elementary School, Lakeview Elementary School, Winfree Bryant Middle School and Castle Heights Elementary School will follow Feb. 14. Stoner Creek Elementary School, W.A. Wright Elementary School, Mt. Juliet Christian Academy and Southside Elementary School will jump Feb. 21. Carroll-Oakland Elementary School, Byars Dowdy Elementary School, Tuckers Crossroads Elementary School, West Elementary School and Sam Houston Elementary School will get in the mix Feb. 28. 

For more information on how to get a school involved, visit heart.org/jumpropeforheart.

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