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Hoops for Heart

Health and Wellness is a very important part of all of our lives, and as we all know good habits, whether it be for health or other aspects of our lives, need to start early. Robin Faulkner, Rockdale Elementary Physical Education Teacher, would like to give us important information regarding heart healthy programs going on at Rockdale Elementary.

Rockdale Elementary is excited to be participating in the upcoming Hoops for Heart event.  Hoops For Heart is a community service learning program of the American Heart Association. While learning and practicing basketball skills it teaches students:

*the importance of developing heart-healthy habits;

*that being physically active can be fun;

*that raising funds to support cardiovascular research and education helps save lives in their community and across the country.

Since the program began millions of students have learned basketball skills while learning how nutrition and physical activity can help them live longer, healthier lives. With the educational programs from the American Heart Association , our students learn how the heart works, how exercise affects their hearts and how to stay fit for life.  Why is it important that we support our students in this effort:

*Heart disease is the nation’s No. 1 killer.

*Stroke is the fifth-leading cause of death in the U.S.

*Our children are developing significant health issues that can shorten their life expectancy.

  -Almost a third of U.S. children and adolescents between the ages of 2 and 19 are overweight or obese.

  -Children who are obese are more than twice as likely to die before age 55.

  -Sixty-one percent of children ages 9-13 aren’t physically active outside of school.

  -On average, American children and adolescents spend nearly four hours watching television every day.

The American Heart Association is a major advocate for children’s health. Last year AHA funded nearly $16 million in new research awards broadly related to children’s heart disease.  AHA funding for pediatric cardiac research is second only to the federal government. The AHA advocates for federal and state governments to improve physical education and nutrition wellness in schools. AHA provides life-saving CPR courses for middle school and high school students so they can properly react during emergency situations. AHA and the National Football League have teamed up to create the NFL PLAY 60 Challenge, a program that inspires kids to get the daily recommended 60 minutes of physical activity in school and at home.

What are Rockdale Elementary's and American Heart Association’s goals for Hoops For Heart?

*Increase student’s knowledge of how their hearts work and the best way to to take care of them.

*Honor those in our community who have been affected by heart disease and stroke.

*Raise funds to support the American Heart Association’s efforts to build healthier lives, free of   cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

Since 1978, Hoops For Heart have raised more than $1.2 billion for research and educational programs.  Rockdale Elementary began  fundraising the week of February 8th and continue through February 26th.  Parents will receive an information letter brought home by the students.  Information will also be available on the RES website for community contributions or go directly to www.heart.org/hoops .  We hope you are as excited as we are to support our students in this important experience.

 
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