Since the AHA’s Jump Rope for Heart program began four decades ago, Granby Elementary has raised thousands of dollars to help doctors and scientists figure out additional ways to fix hearts of children and adults. Meg Corey, local AHA youth market director, recently visited Granby for the school’s kick-off celebration, where she helped physical education teacher Kelsey Maselli announce that each student would have a small fundraising goal of $5.
“I also want your hearts so strong and healthy that you never have to worry about using money raised,” Corey said.
To ensure heart health, she suggested students use the following three tips: experience a minimum of 60 minutes of physical education/activity per day, eat healthy foods by using the key phrase ‘if it grows, it’s good to go,’ and since smoking is bad for one’s body students should remember to ‘Be smart; don’t start.’
When students return from spring break, they will participate in Jump Rope for Heart during their physical education classes. Prizes will be awarded by the AHA for various fundraising levels achieved. Corey said one of the more popular prizes is the coveted “Baby Shark”-inspired character, Finn, named after a childhood heart survivor.
Each Granby student also walked away with a glow-in-the-dark bracelet to wear as a reminder to remain heart healthy.