Jump Rope for Heart celebrates 30 years of skipping for health

SND15-wk2-skippingJump Rope For Heart, a free physical activity programme run by the Heart Foundation, is marking its 30th birthday this year.

To celebrate the occasion the Heart Foundation is encouraging all schools to get involved in the programme, which is designed to help school children learn about the importance of physical activity.

Shabana Stuart, from the Heart Foundation, says Jump Rope For Heart has helped over 2.4 million Kiwi children learn to skip since 1985.

“Jump Rope is all about teaching Kiwi kids to look after their hearts by learning a variety of skipping skills, while having heaps of fun with their school friends. Getting children moving from an early age is so important because it sets them up for a lifetime of good heart health.”

Ms Stuart says the programme also helps children learn about heart disease and what the Heart Foundation is doing as a charity to address its prevalence in New Zealand.

“Almost 65,000 children took part in Jump Rope For Heart last year, raising a massive $140,000 to support the Heart Foundation. Through their fundraising, we’re able to put money back into the programme and continue reaching Kiwi kids with our heart-healthy messages.”

Jump Rope For Heart also helps children learn about leadership, communication, teamwork, balance and rhythm, Ms Stuart says.


Rosie Clarke

Rosie is the managing editor here at Multimedia Pty Ltd, working across School News New Zealand and School News Australia. She has spent 10+ years in B2B journalism, and has spent some time over the last couple of years teaching as a sessional academic. Feel free to contact her at any time with editorial or magazine content enquiries.
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