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Students jump rope, shoot hoops to save lives

Students at Kenwood Elementary School are jumping rope and shooting hoops to help fight heart disease and stroke, the nationís #1 and #3 killers. On Friday, May 17, the school will host its 13th annual Jump Rope For Heart/Hoops For Heart event to raise money for the American Heart Association, which funds heart and stroke research, and community and educational programs for youth.

This event teaches students how physical fitness helps the heart, and shows them that volunteering can be a fun, positive experience for the whole community. The need to educate children about the importance of physical activity could not be timelier. According to recent studies, about one-third of children ages two to 19 are overweight and obese.

For more than 32 years, Jump Rope for Heart has raised more than $810 million for the fight against heart disease and stroke. Millions of students have jumped rope and learned about heart health, and how nutrition and physical activity can help prevent heart disease and stroke.

You can help Kenwood School kids raise money through this event by making a donation. Contact Kenwood School physical education instructor Linda Swisher at 833-2500 or You can also call the local office of the American Heart Association, 426-6728, or go to

If you attend the May 18 Kenwood School fundraiser, Lights, Camera, Auction (see below), you will be able to help make sure the schoolís physical education program is funded. The program will be the subject of the auctionís Fund-a-Need.