This picture says it all: jump for your heart.

Deerwood Elementary in Humble ISD recently celebrated its annual Jump Rope for Heart event. Students hit a record goal with their fundraising this school year by raising more than $13,000. The money raised will help fund research for cardiovascular diseases. The Jump Rope For Heart Program empowers students to improve their health by taking heart-healthy challenges.

Four heart survivors were also honored during the celebration. Each student was recognized for sharing their incredible heart survivor stories with classmates. Coach Mary Torres recognized each individual and awarded them a Heart Ambassador medal.

“I believe in the mission of the AHA and the important health messages the Jump Rope For Heart program offers our students and faculty,” said Torres, who’s been participating in Jump Rope For Heart for the past 12 years.


Healthy choices and jumping rope go hand in hand.

“Deerwood Elementary goes above and beyond every year they participate in Jump Rope for Heart,” said Laura Smith, American Heart Association youth market director. “The entire school – from administrators, teachers, students and parents – is dedicated to advancing the lifesaving mission of the AHA and building a healthier community. I could not be prouder of their dedication and efforts!”

During the program, students are encouraged to take health challenges such as: playing 60 minutes a day, limiting their sodium intake, drinking more water, eating more fruits and veggies, and saying no to tobacco. Two hundred and 26 students signed up for heart healthy challenges this year: 37 dedicated 60 minutes of playtime every day; 72 students drank water over sugary beverages; and 11 students chose to eat a fruit or vegetable with every meal.

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